Using Large Internet Packets

Large Internet Packet (LIP) functionality allows the maximum size of internetwork packets to be increased. (Formerly, the maximum size was 576 bytes.)

In NetWare® versions earlier than 4.11, the workstation initiated a negotiation with the NetWare server to determine an acceptable packet size. If, during this negotiation, the server detected a router between it and the station, the server limited the maximum packet size to 576 bytes.

However, some network architecture, such as Ethernet and token ring, can support packets larger than 576 bytes. Thus LIP allows the workstation to determine the packet size based on the maximum size supported by the router.

To implement LIP functionality for a Windows 95/98 or Windows NT workstation, do the following:

  1. Click Start > Settings > Control Panel > Network > NetWare Client > Properties.

  2. On the Advanced Settings tab, select Large Internet Packets and click ON.

  3. Click Large Internet Packet Start Size and enter the size.

  4. Click OK.