[icecast] UDP Vs. TCP

Steve Meuse swave at mara.org
Thu Feb 20 17:18:50 UTC 2003

Shaun Mcmanus expunged (smcmanus at twcsd.com):

> I haven't touched IceCast yet, but I evaluating it for a project. On the
> website it says it uses TCP for streaming, is there an option of UDP?
> Wouldn't UDP be better for a large amount of streams? Thanks

I guess on some level it might, but using UDP for a wide audience will cause
all sorts of issues for people behind firewalls. TCP is much more friendly
to things like NAT and stateful firewalls. While it is possible to poke
holes in firewalls, and do port forwarding, it's not something you want to
do on a large scale, IMHO.


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