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MTU size & IP packet size distributions

  • From: Ran Atkinson
  • Date: Thu Feb 05 13:47:01 1998

  Not to interrupt a discussion by adding measured data,
but there is some collected data on MTU sizes around the net.

I believe kc has some packet statistics data online at NLANR.
Alternately, there is some @Home packet size data (from
Mike Schwartz) online in PDF format at:

Folks perusing the @Home data should keep in mind that nearly
all residential customers have 10baseT Ethernet access to the
Internet.  So we have near zero packets larger than Ethernet MTU.