Internet Web Server - What is the optimized MTU?
Posted on 2002-03-04
I have a Linux Web Server in a hosting facility connected to the Internet on multiple T1/E1 leased lines. I was reading about MTU / MSS and fragmentation, etc.
Since my web server services all types of clients on the net e.g dial-ups, ISDNs, DSLs, corporate LANs, etc..
wouldn't the default Ethernet MTU of 1500 bytes cause datagrams to be fragmented when the IP datagrams are delivered to e.g. dial-up clients with MTU of 576 bytes ?
This would result in slower delivery, but if the Don't Fragment (DF) flag was instead checked, it would also cause problems if the ICMP packets could not make it back to the server?
How is this handled in the "real-world" Internet?
And what is the optimized settings for the MTU of my web server..??
Please advice... Thxs