arp traffic

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Aug 8th, 2007

Is there anyway to prevent so much arp traffic? I am seeing that we are having a ton of it and would like to set something up so the computers dont have to broadcast all the time.

Correct Answer by Jon Marshall about 9 years 6 months ago

Hi Matthew

Yes, you can statically map all the mac-addresses on your switches/routers/clients/servers if you really want to remove the broadcasts.

But this is not really practical. Arp is a normal part of the TCP/IP and the broadcasts should not propogate beyond the local vlan.

What you could do is increase the arp timers on all your devices so an arp entry remains in the arp cache for longer.

HTH

Jon

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Jon Marshall Wed, 08/08/2007 - 07:38

Hi Matthew

Yes, you can statically map all the mac-addresses on your switches/routers/clients/servers if you really want to remove the broadcasts.

But this is not really practical. Arp is a normal part of the TCP/IP and the broadcasts should not propogate beyond the local vlan.

What you could do is increase the arp timers on all your devices so an arp entry remains in the arp cache for longer.

HTH

Jon

MZydorczyk2 Wed, 08/08/2007 - 07:41

I didnt think it would be practical but thanks for that suggestion, i will try it. Thanks.

Jon Marshall Wed, 08/08/2007 - 07:45

Matthew

You can do this but beware that if you increase the arp cache that means you have to wait longer for it to time ou eg.

you have a user PC that is broken. You change the PC and give it the same IP address. For it to work you will have to wait until the arp caches time out the entry.

Generally speaking arp cache timers have been decided by vendors after years of experience with ethernet so please be careful when changing.

Jon

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