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 From:  Lonnie Abelbeck <lists at lonnie dot abelbeck dot com>
 To:  m0n0wall List <m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch>
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall] net4801 routing performance
 Date:  Thu, 26 Apr 2007 16:24:36 -0500

You might also consider a stock net4801 (3 NIC''s) with an HP  
Procurve 1800-8G with the opt1 (third) interface configured as a VLAN  
tagged port to the Procurve.  Configure the Procurve accordingly to  
the untagged interfaces.

My hunch is this approach would be more efficient than a add-on card,  
but I have no data to support that.

Anyone here conduct such a test?


On Apr 26, 2007, at 4:11 PM, Chris Bagnall wrote:

> Greetings list,
> I know there've been many discussions in the past about the routing  
> performance of Soekris boxes, but wonder if anyone's done any tests  
> with 7 interfaces. I'm not so worried about raw routing performance  
> between two interfaces, but I am concerned that the thing shouldn't  
> encounter excessive delay (latency) when routing between multiple  
> interfaces.
> Basically, I need to come up with a router (running m0n0 or pfSense  
> - undecided at this stage) that'll handle 3 independent LANs (3  
> companies in one building), and 4 ADSL connections. The 4 ADSLs  
> will *not* be load-balanced - there'll just be some custom routing  
> to make sure that traffic from company A's phone server goes out  
> via ISP A, B via B, etc. etc., so from a feature-set perspective it  
> doesn't matter whether it's pfSense or m0n0.
> The maximum speed each ADSL's going to hit is 8mbit (and that's  
> unlikely - 5mbit is more realistic) so raw throughput isn't an  
> issue. There should be no LAN -> LAN routing between the 3  
> companies' LANs.
> The primary concern here is latency for the phone servers. Oh, one  
> other quick thing - do folks recommend getting the Soekris- 
> manufactured 4xEthernet PCI card, or is it preferable to get  
> something like a 4-port Intel Pro/100?
> Any suggestions gratefully appreciated. The small form factor and  
> lack of moving parts of the Soekris appeals considerably, but  
> before I can use it, I do need to check it'll be up to the task.
> Regards,
> Chris
> -- 
> C.M. Bagnall, Director, Minotaur I.T. Limited
> For full contact details visit http://www.minotaur.it/chris.html
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