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This article contains corrections and additions to the TCP/IP PROTOCOL.INI configuration parameters. The first section contains corrections to the published documentation. The second contains several undocumented parameters.
Documentation Corrections and ExplanationsBCASTADDR: The IP address to which broadcasts are sent. The default for this is a segment broadcast, which is the workstation's IP address with the node portion all set to ones. Not supported for OS/2.
TCPKEEPALIVE: The interval between sending TCP keepalive packets on an idle connection. Keepalives are sent as a connection assurance mechanism.
Default: 600 seconds
Range: 60-32767 TCPCONNTIMEOUT: The timeout period for establishing a new connection.
Default: 30 seconds
SCOPE: The SCOPE parameter is not supported under OS/2.
Undocumented ParametersTCPRETRIES: Under LAN Manager versions earlier than 2.2, the number of TCPRETRIES is fixed at 17, and the following timings are used for TCPRETRIES:
Under 2.2, the TCPRETRIES parameter is exposed. The same timings are used, but by specifying a value for TCPRETRIES in PROTOCOL.INI you can control the timeout period. The default has been changed to 8.
Retry # Delay Total Elapsed Time -------------------------------------------------- 1st retry: 1 second 1 second 2nd retry: 2 seconds 3 seconds 3rd retry: 4 seconds 7 seconds 4th retry: 6 seconds 13 seconds 5th retry: 8 seconds 21 seconds 6th retry: 10 seconds 31 seconds 7th retry: 15 seconds 46 seconds 8th retry: 20 seconds 66 seconds 9th retry: 30 seconds 96 seconds 10th retry: 40 seconds 136 seconds 11th retry: 50 seconds 186 seconds 12th retry: 60 seconds 246 seconds 13th retry: 80 seconds 326 seconds 14th retry: 100 seconds 426 seconds 15th retry: 120 seconds 546 seconds 16th retry: 150 seconds 696 seconds 17th retry: 200 seconds 896 seconds
Default: 8 (About 1 minute total)
Range: 1-17 (17 would be about 15 minutes)
UDP_Q_PER_USER: The number of UDP buffers to allocate for each UDP port. When a datagram is received for a given UDP port, it must be queued by UDP. A pool of buffers is maintained for this purpose. UDP stuffs incoming datagrams into buffers; upper layers read them from the queue and return buffers to the pool. When no UDP buffers are available, datagrams are dropped. Extremely busy (high broadcast) network clients may benefit from raising this value slightly above the default. If a third-party application is using UDP, the number may also need to be increased.
DOS OS/2UDP_Q_TOTAL: The total number of UDP buffers available for all ports.
Default: 3 16
Range: 1-10 1-64
DOS OS/2TCPMAXBDS2USER: (OS/2 only) The maximum number of TCP buffers a client may hold. Applications using large numbers of small packets may benefit from increasing this parameter.
Default: 20 64
Range: 1-30 1-256
TCPMAXBDS2HOLD: (OS/2 only) The total number of TCP buffers allocated for all incoming TCP packets. Applications using large numbers of small packets may benefit from increasing this parameter.
Range: 1-30 BCASTTIMEOUT: Timeout during netbios name query/registration, specified in multiples of timer-ticks
(1 timer-tick = 55ms). 2.1a and 2.2 only.
Default: 5 (this is what the RFC specifies)
BCASTRETRY: Number of retries during NetBIOS name query/registration. 2.1a and 2.2 only.
Range: Any number greater than 0
The above parameters override the existing documentation as shown. Care should be taken when spelling parameters, as they will be accepted but won't have any effect when mis-spelled.
Article ID: 96198 - Last Review: February 28, 2014 - Revision: 1.1