Re: Faster Download

Brian Godette (bgodette@idcomm.com)
Wed, 20 May 1998 10:34:30 -0600


At 05:46 AM 5/19/98 -0700, you wrote:
>Is anyone experienced with using DirectPC to d/l the video stream for
>WP or Cornell versions?
>I'm told that d/l increases by a factor of two, but have been unable
>to see it for myself.

It's increased by a factor of zero. DirectPC (and the other sat receive
systems) work thru proxy servers and do *not* handle UDP traffic. I
wouldn't even consider a sat system for home use since there is no way they
can deliver their advertised performace and be profitable at the same time
(airtime is *NOT* cheap), and in the long run (if they ever do get a user
base large enough to pay for their transmission costs) it'll turn out to be
no faster than a 56k modem. Also consider that the sat intoduces a 300ms
(on top of the 100ms, on way, you have with the modem unlink) latency
intrinsicly, and latency is the big limiter on how fast data can be
transfered using TCP.