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 From:  Fred Wright <fw at well dot com>
 To:  m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall] 1.0 and net4501 - dropped traffic
 Date:  Wed, 23 Jun 2004 15:47:42 -0700 (PDT)
On Wed, 23 Jun 2004, Steve Peterson wrote:

> I just got my net4501 set up with m0n0wall 1.0 and must say it's a very 
> nice package.
> 
> I'm running into occasional package drops (goes OK for a while, then every 
> 10th packet or so with 512 byte packets is lost) and am wondering whether I 
> need to be concerned about the DP83815 bug discussed on the Soekris 
> site.  I don't see anything in the m0n0wall change log for the betas and 
> didn't find a reference to a particular FreeBSD kernel version...thoughts 
> on this or other ways of troubleshooting this?

Unfortunately, packet drops are the normal method of throttling data flow.  
If packets don't get dropped, TCP assumes it's not sending fast enough and
sends faster, limited only by the rate that the sender can produce data
and the rate the receiver can consume it.

					Fred Wright