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Re: PII fast enough for firewall

On 12/03/2007 02:03 PM, Peter Teunissen wrote:
> On 3-dec-2007, at 7:25, Ron Johnson wrote:
>> Hash: SHA1
>> On 12/02/07 22:22, John Schmidt wrote:

>>> When I do a speed test from my box behind my IPCOP firewall, I get
>>> about 10K
>>> Mbs up/down.
>>> If I move the connection to one of the Buffalo router LAN
>>> connections, I get
>>> the advertised 15K Mbs up/down speed.
>>> So routing traffic thru the IPCOP firewall slows things down quite a
>>> bit.  Is
>>> this to be expected?
>> It is if IPCOP puts a load on the CPU or starts swapping memory.
>> Does it?
>>>                      I was thinking of changing the firewall to a
>>> debian box
>>> running shorewall, and was wondering if I could tweak the
>>> firewall/router to
>>> not slow things down appreciably like the ipcop box is doing.
> FWIW, you could try m0n0wall instead, it runs fine on my FW with 64MB &
> 450mhz PII. I get 10MB/sec throughput without full load on the cpu.
> Peter

Maybe check your NIC.  What do you get for this (etch):
$ grep 'link up' /var/log/dmesg

Maybe the ancient PII has an ancient ethernet card!


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