[clug] Linux Router

Martin Pool mbp at sourcefrog.net
Mon Jun 21 22:17:06 GMT 2004

On 21 Jun 2004, Duncan Bolt <duncan.bolt at anu.edu.au> wrote:
> We are planning on setting up a linux router in between the rest of 
> the network and our small group of Alphas.
> So we want to be able to move large data sets to the alphas. So we 
> would like the router to be fast.

It depends what you mean by "fast".  For some people it means 10Gbps.

> What sort of network cards should we use ?
> Would a 400 MHz celeron with a pair of rtl8139 cards be fast enough ?

It might be almost enough for routing 100Mbps, or close enough to be
worth trying.  

> Or do we need some sort of bus mastering ultra fast 3Com cards ?

I would think not, if the machine is doing nothing but routing.

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