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 From:  Sasa Stupar <sasa at stupar dot homelinux dot net>
 To:  M0n0Wall ML <m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch>
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall] High CPU usage
 Date:  Fri, 18 Nov 2005 07:32:20 +0100
--On 18. november 2005 0:25 -0600 Lee Sharp <leesharp at hal dash pc dot org> wrote:

> From: "Sasa Stupar" <sasa at stupar dot homelinux dot net>
>> --On 17. november 2005 18:38 -0500 "Bryan K. Brayton"
>> <bryan at sonicburst dot net> wrote:
>>> Well, my psychic sense tells me he's running a Pentium 166 Mhz in that
>>> deskpro, running on a 66 MHz bus...
>>> Strangely, my esp fails me trying to read his NIC manufacturers though
>> All three NIC's are Realtek 8139 series.
> Well, the CPU is a fairly weak starting point.  You are also light on
> memory.  However, the network cards are the killer.  They are the nic
> equivalent of a WinModem.  All of the "heavy lifting" is done by the CPU.
> If you bump the memory up to 128 meg, and replace the nics with Intel
> http://www.directron.com/8460c.html or
> http://www.cmishop.com/store/ShowDetails.asp?txtProductName=nic/pila8472-
> bk&txtMfgPartNo=&nCategorySubID=125&txtSiteTrack=pw I would bet your
> throughput will go up significantly.  Perhaps even double.
>                         Lee

I was suspecting that the NIC are the issue. I think memory is not since 
when I look at the system info it shows only 40% of used memory.