FreeBSD as router - performance vs hardware routers

Matthew Bettinger mbettinger at
Thu Aug 14 08:01:13 PDT 2003

On Thursday 14 August 2003 09:50 am, Kenneth Culver wrote:
> > What I'm not sure about is performance. Has anyone built a cable
> > modem gateway router using FreeBSD and "low-end" hardware like
> > this? If so, what were your results?

I'm using openbsd now but have ran freebsd as a router with minimal 
hardware.  P133 32 megs of ram.  30 dollar box.  4 network cards.

Based on prior discussions regarding minimal hardware, I think the main 
thing to pay attention to is the type and brand of network cards you 
are going to be using.  I would stay away from those interrupter from 
hell  rl0 cards.  You won't be able to budge a 30-40 dollar pentium box 
with 32 or more megs of ram with your cable modem connection.  
Matthew Bettinger
System Administrator
Champion Elevators, Inc.
Houston, Texas 77061
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