using freebsd for a router

Michael Vince mv at
Fri Nov 25 02:47:12 GMT 2005

JD Bronson wrote:

> I dont want to start a flame/war here...but was *just* wondering...
> I currently use OpenBSD-3.8 for my router (T-1 with many statics) and 
> then use FreeBSD-6.0 for my servers (web/mail/DNS...)
> I am debating on just standardizing to all FreeBSD.
> It seems the security is quite the same - but I dont know about 
> performance pros/cons.
> It seems that the 'pf' that comes with FreeBSD 6.0 is equal to that 
> within OBSD 3.8.
> So all things considered - is there any advantage to using FreeBSD for 
> a router or just keeping things the way they are....?
> Thanks for any comments or flames (I suppose).
> -JD
If you want to push a serious amount of traffic though FreeBSD as router 
I recommend you use polling, after doing benchmarks I found polling 
helped push through many magnitudes more data when going past the 
100mbit/sec point.


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