windows 11 connection limit exists?

Steven Lin 1 Reputation point
2024-05-16T00:10:31.3933333+00:00

windows 11 connection limit exists?

Our client requests the installation of server software such as Node.js, nginx, etc., on Windows 11 Home edition to serve as a web server. However, our development team has heard that there may be differences between the Home edition and the server edition:

Microsoft limits the concurrent connection count for Home edition products. There are some related statements in the link below.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/Useterms/Retail/Windows/10/UseTerms_Retail_Windows_10_English.htm

ex1

https://support.arcserve.com/s/article/KB000002850?language=en_US

ex2

We would like to inquire:

Would using server software in this manner violate Microsoft's terms of use?

Does the non-server version of Windows actually restrict the number of concurrent connections?

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  1. S.Sengupta 15,766 Reputation points MVP
    2024-05-16T00:59:41.2+00:00

    Windows 11 Home is limited to 20 concurrent inbound connections. In contrast, Windows Server editions are designed to handle many more concurrent connections, with much higher limits. For a production environment where reliable and high-performance web serving is required, using a dedicated server operating system like Windows Server 2022 would be more appropriate.