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Phil Schulz ph.schulz at
Sun Jan 2 06:53:02 PST 2005

Bill Moran wrote:
> "Victor Foulk" <VFoulk at> wrote:
>>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 don't think _anybody_ can give such a formula. Especially not whithout 
knowing how much and what kind of traffic your users generate. But as 
others have said already, good NICs are essential.

> As a general rule of thumb, I won't put FreeBSD on anything smaller
> than a 1Ghz with 128M of RAM and 4G of disk space.  While you can
> get away with smaller, that's about the minimum before using the
> box for maintenance purposes becomes a terrible burdon.  Try upgrading
> and rebuilding world on a 266!

You can always build world remotely. 1GHz seems to be overkill for a 
router. Just think of energy consumption.



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