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Re: PC Bozo's World bites again (CNN, too)
- From: Matt Sommer
- Date: Tue Jun 02 12:29:30 1998
Does RFC-879 still have any validity?
" HOSTS MUST NOT SEND DATAGRAMS LARGER THAN 576 OCTETS UNLESS THEY
HAVE SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE THAT THE DESTINATION HOST IS PREPARED TO
ACCEPT LARGER DATAGRAMS.
This is a long established rule.
To resolve the ambiguity in the TCP Maximum Segment Size option
definition the following rule is established:
THE TCP MAXIMUM SEGMENT SIZE IS THE IP MAXIMUM DATAGRAM SIZE MINUS
The default IP Maximum Datagram Size is 576.
The default TCP Maximum Segment Size is 536.
>Michael Dillon <email@example.com> writes:
>> I don't think so. They even said in their article that the technical
>> details are based upon this URL
>> and this guy says stuff like:
>> And, it turns out, depending on how your ISP and other routers
>> encountered on the Internet handle your TCP/IP requests, that a
>> setting of 576, often referred to as the "Internet Standard", will in
>> many cases avoid the fragmentation of packets of data and the slow
>> transfer speeds which result.
>He used to be one of my users, at two different ISPs, in fact. I
>had a long drawn out disagreement about how this was wrong, and
>mathematically didn't make any sense.
>However, lots of people have confirmed that it really does
>help... which leads me to accept Karl's explanation.
>We shouldn't expect anymore from microsoft, really.