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 From:  David W. Hess <dwhess at banishedsouls dot org>
 To:  m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall] Idle Curiosity - m0n0/Similar Used for "Big" Installations
 Date:  Thu, 02 Nov 2006 20:52:44 -0600
On Wed, 01 Nov 2006 23:08:11 +0000, Chris Taylor <chris at x dash bb dot org> wrote:

>Hi all,
>I'm wondering if someone can satisfy my curiosity here...
>1. If you were an ISP and you wanted a router to aggregate several 
>hundred user's DSL connections together, would it be possible to use 
>m0n0wall/BSD - with appropriately fast hardware and good GBit NICs - to 
>act as a traffic shaper?

Yes your could.  Attention would need to be paid to hardware and software
related uptime issues.

>2. Does anyone actually do this? Not m0n0wall necessarily, but using BSD 
>for this kind of thing.

Many startup ISPs use BSD for just this sort of thing.  I have also seen ISPs
that used Sun OS for similar functions.