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RE: Short question
A data point:
I helped someone set up on OpenBSD 3.1-current a Pentium 200 with 32MB of
RAM to filter 150+ Windows workstations on our University's LAN with a
typical 20 line ruleset, and the box hasn't dropped below 94% idle even with
clients simultaneously downloading Windows service packs.
They had to get a new switch, because the router couldn't deal with that
many addresses on one VLAN, but the box didn't break a sweat.
This also had the effect of freezing in place an ongoing break-in.
I've seen other University colleagues deploy and then throw away several
thousand dollar vendor firewall/switches, because they couldn't get them to
work properly even after extended "vendor support", and the failures kept
freezing their network until their department chairs said "Enough!".
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Anders Rosvoldaunet [mailto:email@example.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, December 04, 2002 6:02 AM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Short question
> Just a simple, yet quite complicated question; will a Pentium
> MMX 166Mhz
> with 32MB of RAM work as a pf-ing bridge between a network
> with 200 - 250
> clients and the Internet? It's running altqd as well. The two
> NICs used are
> high quality; one xl0 and one fxp0 card.
> Anders Rosvoldaunet