Re: How to find a sick router with 2.6.17+ and tcp_window_scaling enabled

From: alex
Date: Tue Aug 15 2006 - 14:39:37 EST

On Tue, Aug 15, 2006 at 08:19:39PM +0200, Willy Tarreau wrote:

> > This is absolutely not correct. Routers forward packets. They do not mangle
> > the data in them.
> Believe it or not, there are a lot of routers nowadays that can do NAT.
> And even for very basic NAT, you have to recompute the TCP checksum, which
> means that you mangle data within the packet. Even worse, some of them are
> able to NAT complex protocols such as FTP and for this, they need to mangle
> the application payload. OK, this should not be the router's job, but it's
> often the best placed to do the job, and there is customer demand for this.

Just because you are using a Linksys/Netgear or god else knows what to
mangle your packets and call that device a router does not mean that normal
service providers have NAT enabled on their GSRs and Junipers.

The issue is not in a router running IOS somewhere. The issue is in the
broken code/broken driver/broken something on the end-point.

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