[techtalk] Re: [issues] Issues FAQ

jenn at simegen.com jenn at simegen.com
Mon Nov 13 04:40:03 EST 2000

Bek Oberin wrote:
> Jenn Vesperman wrote:
> >    Keep the MTU reasonably down, so that if your
> >    partner's doing a large download your chat packets go out promptly
> >    anyway. Learn what MTU means, and how to set it.
> Okay, time to learn.  What's a MTU (max trasfer unit - wild
> guess!) and how do I set it and what does it do?

Yes, it's the max transfer (or transmission) unit: it determines the
largest packet that the router will spit down the modem. Precisely how
it's set depends on the way you're routing packets - for Dancer and I,
that's a debian linux box which acts as our gateway/firewall. I
*believe* (I may be wrong), but I believe we set it using ifconfig.

Jenn V.
       "Do you ever wonder if there's a whole section of geek culture 
		you miss out on by being a geek?" - Dancer.

jenn at simegen.com        Jenn Vesperman       

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