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 From:  "Lee Sharp" <leesharp at hal dash pc dot org>
 To:  "M0n0Wall ML" <m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch>
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall] High CPU usage
 Date:  Sun, 20 Nov 2005 12:20:15 -0600
From: "Sasa Stupar" <sasa at stupar dot homelinux dot net>
> --On 18. november 2005 7:32 +0100 Sasa Stupar <sasa at stupar dot homelinux dot net>
>> --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.

>> 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.

> OK. Now I am in the search for NIC. I looked on the link but here I can't 
> get those. Can anyone recommend which NIC ( a list) would be adviseable to 
> buy.
> I can get the following:
> - Netgear FA311
> - 3com 3C905 series

Intel is widely regarded as the best FreeBSD nics, since they write the 
driver for them in house.  3com also is highly regarded, but not as highly 
as Intel.  Via Rhine chipsets have been reported to be quite good as well. 
The Netgear uses it's own chipset, so it will be better than the RealTek, 
but not as good as the Intel or the 3com.