FreeBSD TCP Performance Tuning

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To enable RFC 1323 Window Scaling and increase the TCP window size to 1 MB on FreeBSD, add the following lines to /etc/sysctl.conf and reboot.


You can make these changes on the fly via the sysctl command. As always, the '$' represents the shell prompt and should not be typed.

$ sudo sysctl net.inet.tcp.rfc1323=1
$ sudo sysctl kern.ipc.maxsockbuf=16777216
$ sudo sysctl net.inet.tcp.sendspace=1048576
$ sudo sysctl net.inet.tcp.recvspace=1048576

In addition, FreeBSD may have a low number of network memory buffers (mbufs) by default. You can view the current mbuf configuration by running netstat -m. If your mbuf value is too low, it may cause your system to become unresponsive to the network. Increase the number of mbufs by adding the line below to /boot/loader.conf and rebooting.


Note: a reboot is required to increase the number of mbufs.

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