[e2e] opening multiple TCP connections getting popular

David P. Reed dpreed at reed.com
Fri Aug 31 08:20:43 PDT 2007

rick jones wrote:
> On Aug 31, 2007, at 5:33 AM, David P. Reed wrote:
>> It's fascinating to me that Window Scaling (an end-to-end option) 
>> would be screwed by bugs in *routers*.
> If my experience interacting with end users in netnews is 
> representative, these "routers" are likely as not the 
> NAT/firewall/switch boxes like the one sitting between me and my DSL 
> line at the moment.  They get branded with the term "router" all the 
> time.
Indeed, it may well be that.  Nonetheless my points hold true.   Also 
about the "Sirens" including major router vendors.

I still recall my face-to-face interaction many years ago on a panel 
with Sr. Cisco marketing VP who was claiming that NAT was an Internet 
Standard when NAT boxes were coming out.   I told her that it was *not*, 
that Internet Standards were very few, and that NAT was an RFC because 
it was considered as an option to the IPv6 choice, and was a *discarded* 
option, with known limitations.

She essentially flamed me back, said that Cisco defined the Internet, 
and I didn't know what I was talking about, and anyway "NAT" was a Good 

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