On Mon, 26 Jun 2006 12:54:08 -0400
"Chris Buechler" <cbuechler at gmail dot com> wrote:
> On 6/26/06, Michel R Vaillancourt <mvaillancourt at privalodc dot com>
>> That having been said, is there a way to get M0n0wall to
>>recognize a Token
>> Ring card?
> I think this is the longest thread ever without having a definitive
> answer. :)
I was beginning to wonder... :-)
> No, m0n0wall cannot support token ring because there is no token
> support in FreeBSD at all. A group was working on support back in
> 90's, but ditched their efforts when they came to the conclusion
> almost everybody else had already - TR was dying very quickly. And
> good riddance to that junk too.
90's? There is some action in 2002.
Support will not be easy, and will require a custom image, and you
may need a different card. However, you may be one of only 6 people
in the world in a position to do so. ;-)
> Now it's 2006. Token ring is beyond dead, it belongs in a dumpster.
Can't disagree there. But technical people are often NOT the ones
making technical decisions. <sigh>
> I think you'll be *VERY* hard pressed in 2006 to find any firewall
> with TR support, other than maybe something like Check Point where
> bring your own hardware.
This is very true. You will have to look at cost benefit. There are
Ether/TR bridges that come up on eBay from time to time, but they are
unpredictable, and irreplaceable. You will have to decide if you want
a couple of spare bridges in a closet, or a lot of development, and a
couple of spare TR cards in a closet. (Or a mains voltage power spike
to the TR network...)