Re: [rtcweb] STUN for keep-alive

Cullen Jennings <> Thu, 22 September 2011 19:26 UTC

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In the past, we had too many ways of doing keep alive and it resulted in poor interoperability when two sides choose different ways - I'd rather avoid that sort of problem

On Sep 14, 2011, at 3:48 AM, Christer Holmberg wrote:

> Hi,
> Assuming we would use ICE for media authorization, it has been indicated that, for legacy interoperability, a gateway would be required in many cases (as the legacy entities might not support ICE).
> ICE "bundles" functions together, meaning that if you use STUN for media authorization purpose (which is a part of the connectivity check purpose), you will also use STUN for keep-alive purpose (for UDP based media).
> My question is: would we be able to relax the requirement to use STUN for keep-alive? Because, eventhough the keep-alives messages aren't authenticated, and do not trigger responses, a gateway would still have to process them, and since a gateway typically would serve a large number of browser clients, that could have quite big performance impact (the number of STUN keep-alives sent per session of course depend on how much other media traffic there is, but still).
> So, for RTP based media, one could use RTP, and for UDP based data channels "dummy" UDP packets (unless there is a protocol on top of UDP which provides a keep-alive mechanism itself).
> Regards,
> Christer
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