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Sybase XI for NT and IPX/SPX slow response

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I'll start by saying that I don't know if this is a Sybase question or an NT question.  The problem we are having is that response from the Sybase database is extremely slow when using the IPX/SPX protocol over a Novell 4.11 network.  Using IP is not an option because all of the workstation accessing the database are 486 SLC2 machines running Windows 3.11 and have 16 MB RAM.  Is there anything we can do to speed up the response time?
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As of I know there is no solution to this problem. We can say it is the drawback of IPX/SPX protocol. What's happening is that when we have IPX/SPX protocol in the network, it internally calls SAP (Simple Advertising Protocol) to check whether the connection between the server and  client is active or not, which happens very frequently; and this is the reason why it is recommended in Wide Area Network. It unnecssarily increases the Network traffic. If you remember this mechanism which is used in Novell Watch dog, to kill the stations which are not active. If you have Windows 95 client, we can avoid this from the client side. But this will not give you a major difference in performance, still you can feel it.
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Do you know of any way of "tweaking" the IPX/SPX settings in NT to improve the performance?
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