FreeBSD Gateway

Victor Foulk VFoulk at
Sat Jan 1 23:23:29 PST 2005

Hello all,

I have been looking into setting up a network gateway
using a FreeBSD box, so that I may employ many of the
network security features of the system (and to 
overcome the fact that the current network is
insecurely connected to a much larger ~public LAN).

The configuration would be much like this:

Most of what I see states that I should use 
a *minimum* of:

266Mhz processor
1GB HD (actually ~2GB based on number 
        desired security apps)
2 Compatible NIC's

What I really had hoped to find, was more of an experienced
networking guru's thumb rule equating the number of safeLAN
workstations with the required gateway RAM/Processor; to 
enable all safeLAN users to experience a minimal network
transaction time roughly equivalent to what they would see
if plugged directly into a really good hub.
Something maybe in the form of:
Proc Speed = X*Users+Y
RAM = W*Users+Z

I am far too new at this to have a clue what numbers to use
to even approximate. Any advice on this matter would be most

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