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Re: MTU of the Internet?

  • From: Lincoln Dale
  • Date: Fri Feb 06 21:17:14 1998

In message <[email protected]>, Frank Kastenhol
z writes:
>recently i was doing a fair amount of image-intensive web browsing
>from home. the last-hop dialup line was 28.8.
>was on a win95 machine with ftp software's stack.
>i was getting real bad performance.

perhaps this is one of the not-so-obvious benefits of running a web
proxy cache such as squid.  the greater internet can have larger
packets floating around, and the local proxy of the ISP can deal with
horrible tcp stacks, retransmissions and client machine with small
receive buffer sizes.

certainly from on the other side of the world here, i'd say it
would contribute to increasing the overall 'goodput' quite substancially,
in terms of the behaviour you describe above.