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Re: EMAIL != FTP
From: "Alexei Roudnev" <alex () relcom EU net>
Date: Fri, 25 May 2001 10:10:03 -0700
But for a little extra SMTP handshaking at the start, there is no
difference in transfer rate between SMTP and FTP. Probably the same is
true for HTTP though I've not looked.
I think you missed the fact that sending files via SMTP is incredibly
inefficient. Any files sent via SMTP have to be encoded which can balloon
the transmission up 30%+. That is an incredible waste of bandwidth on a
After all, nmodep compress it back to the original size while transferring. The
rate loss is 5 - 10%, not 30 - 40.
For LAN, this volumes are not large (1 - 2 Mb).
10MB file. Also, remember that SMTP usually relays, so the message is
bounced between 1-8 servers along the way (or more), more bandwidth and
resources wasted. *sigh*
Robert Blayzor IP Network Engineer, BOFH BiznessOnline.com, Inc.
rblayzor () thebiz net noc () thebiz net http://www.thebiz.net/
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