> From: Greg Brown [mailto:gregbrown at mindspring dot com]
> 1. If one were to use the generic PC image how many ethernet ports can
> m0n0 address? This particular client has a need for a 32 port
> firewall. Can m0n0 handle this given enough processor power and RAM?
Can't answer any others for you, but this one should be possible. However
you'll have problems getting 32 NICs in a machine. The only way to do that
would be use a server-class board with twin PCI busses like some of those
Compaq proliants or hp netserver.
I have a proliant 6500 with 8 pci slots (six hot swap and two not) so quad
port ethernet NICs in each slot will provide 32 NICs. However unless you've
got a lot of CPU you won't get 100 Mbit between ports all the time.
Can your LUG member provide a scenario where 32 physical ports is necessary,
and I'm quite sure the list will be able to recommend a better layout.
Maybe VLANs or amalgamating physical areas, or maybe a 32/48 port switch is
all that's really needed.
- Another idea for lots of low bandwidth ethernet ports... USB/ethernet
adapters. USB supports 127 devices on a USB bus, but they share the
available bandwidth, and you will require a stacking tree of USB hubs to get
- Does FreeBSD support IP aliasing like linux? That would provide the
equivalent of more ethernet ports, at the loss of some security.