about the improvment of network performance

Damien Elmes resolve at repose.cx
Fri Jan 18 18:56:52 EST 2002

Matthew Hawkins <matthew at topic.com.au> writes:

> On Fri, 18 Jan 2002, Alex Satrapa wrote:
> > First, you'll need to describe your system a little better.  You won't 
> > get any better than 34kbps over a dialup modem link on a 33.6kbps modem, 
> > for example.
> That's not quite true.  It depends what you're talking about.  At any
> given time the data transfer cannot exceed the bandwidth limitation.
> However, if you're transferring mainly text (for example) you can load
> in zlib compression into pppd, and get a throughput of perhaps double
> the theoretical maximum (due to reconstructing the original from a
> smaller, compressed part)

this sounds interesting - i know of the simple compression mechanisms that come
relatively standard with PPP, but i was under the impression they weren't
particularly good at compression.

presumably this would require support at the providing end, too - is this
common at most canberra ISPs? 

Damien Elmes
resolve at repose.cx

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