Questions about Internet Packet Losses

Paul A Vixie paul at
Tue Jan 14 18:20:51 UTC 1997

> One of the nice things about proxy servers and web caches is
> they mask end user host stack inadequacy, and thus (I allege)
> tend to increase MTUs and encourage better network utilization
> (in additional to the normal benefits of caching).

Proxy servers can also maintain persistent long/medium term HTTP 1.1
connections that the clients are too dumb to maintain themselves, thus
getting streaming without requiring client upgrades.

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