What if there was a relatively simple fix that could be applied to home WiFi routers, cable modems and other gateway devices that would dramatically speed up the Internet access through those devices? Many of us may have heard of the "bufferbloat" issue where buffering of packets causes latency and slower Internet connectivity, but at IETF 86 last month in Orlando I got a chance to see the problem with an excellent demonstration by Dave Täht as part of the "Bits-And-Bytes" session (as explained in the IETF blog).
My immediate reaction, as you'll hear in the video below, was "I WANT THIS!” We live at a time when it's easy to saturate home Internet connections… just think of a couple of people simultaneously streaming videos, downloading files or doing online gaming. To be able to gain the increase in web browsing speed you see in the video is something, that to me, needs to be deployed as soon as possible.
To that end, Dave Täht, Jim Gettys and a number of others have been documenting this problem — and associated solutions — at www.bufferbloat.net for some time now and that's a good place to start. If you are a vendor of home routers, cable modems or other Internet access devices, I would encourage you to look into how you can incorporate this in your device(s).
Meanwhile, enjoy the demonstrations and information in this video: (and for the truly impatient who just want to see the demo, you can advance to the 3:08 minute mark)
By Dan York, Author and Speaker on Internet technologies - and on staff of Internet Society. Dan is employed as a Senior Content Strategist with the Internet Society but opinions posted on CircleID are entirely his own. Visit the blog maintained by Dan York here.
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