Downloading and uploading files is like transferring a dirt pile from one location and placing it in another. The dirt pile is the IP (Internet Protocol). The place where you want to move the dirt pile is the other IP. The process of moving the dirt to the other location represents the TCP (Transmission Control Protocol). The wheelbarrow you will use to move the dirt is the MTU (Maximum Transmission Unit). The amount of dirt you put into the wheelbarrow is the RWIN (TCP Receive Window). If you put too much dirt into the wheelbarrow, it could be heavy, even spilling on the ground -- that's the Packet Loss. If you would place less dirt in the wheelbarrow, it will be easier to haul it and you can move faster; the only catch with this is that you will have to make a few more trips in order to complete the task. As you see, you have to find that medium with the loads of dirt to the round trips to each dirt pile.
by Budster edited by JMGullett
last modified: 2007-02-19 14:08:52