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In Windows 98, it is possible to modify the default Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU) settings. This article describes these settings, and why it may be beneficial to alter them.
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MTU is the Maximum Transmission Unit of a network. This is the greatest amount of data or "packet" size that can be transferred in one physical frame on a network. Fragmentation of packets occurs if a packet is sent across a network that has an MTU smaller than the packet's frame length. This leads to reduced performance levels as fragments need to be reassembled.
The Internet standard for MTU is 576. When you connect to an Internet resource, your data may have to go through a router that has an MTU of 576. This results in fragmentation if your MTU is greater than 576, which can result in a Web resource being loaded slowly.
Microsoft recommends using the default setting of Automatic for the Internet Protocol (IP) packet size.
NOTE: By default, the Windows 95 MTU is 1500. This setting can only be changed by editing the registry. For information about how to do this, see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
TITLE : Windows TCP/IP Registry Entries
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