Simple Router on FreeBSD - Which should I use?

Bill Moran wmoran at
Mon Apr 19 14:51:55 PDT 2004

Danny wrote:
> I would like to setup a simple router, for the following:
> Enable a network talk to a 
> network, and obviously vise versa.

You'll probably just want to set gateway_enable=yes and natd_enable=yes

I believe there are a number of tutorials on this, one in the handbook?

> Now the is tentative, so I am also wondering on a network with less 
> then 240 network nodes, if a subnet mask would cause any 
> disadvantages, versus using a subnet mask? 

I wouldn't recommend using  It'll work fine for now, but if
you start to scale up you'll wish you didn't have 65536 hosts on a single
network leg.

If you're sure you'll never be scaling up, then that netmask is fine, it
won't cause any problems.  If you're sure, can I borrow your crystal ball
some time? ;)

Bill Moran
Potential Technologies

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