TCP/IP PROTOCOL.INI Documentation Updates and Corrections

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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 Explanations

BCASTADDR: 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
Range: 1-32767

SCOPE: The SCOPE parameter is not supported under OS/2.

Undocumented Parameters

TCPRETRIES: Under LAN Manager versions earlier than 2.2, the number of TCPRETRIES is fixed at 17, and the following timings are used for TCPRETRIES:
      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
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.

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.

Default: 3 16
Range: 1-10 1-64
UDP_Q_TOTAL: The total number of UDP buffers available for all ports.

Default: 20 64
Range: 1-30 1-256
TCPMAXBDS2USER: (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: 4
Range: 1-30

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.

Default: 10
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)
Range: 4-51

BCASTRETRY: Number of retries during NetBIOS name query/registration. 2.1a and 2.2 only.

Default: 3
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
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