FreeBSD based router ...

Erik Trulsson ertr1013 at
Wed May 28 14:48:25 UTC 2008

On Wed, May 28, 2008 at 10:31:24AM -0400, Jerry B. Altzman wrote:
> On Wed, May 28, 2008 at 10:08 AM, Erik Trulsson <ertr1013 at> wrote:
> > (Putting a total of 6 quad-port NICs on a single PCI-bus would totally swamp
> > that bus though, so if one were to actually use so many NICs I would rather
> > recommend e.g. the Asus P5BP-E/4L motherboard. It has 3 PCI slots and 3
> > PCI-E slots in addition to the four gigabit LAN ports included on the
> > motherboard - so you can get a total of 28 ports if you fully populate all
> > slots with quad-port NICs (not counting any USB-connected ethernet ports one
> > might add.) It also has built-in graphics so one does not need to waste
> > one slot on a graphics card.)
> And all this just to *pass packets*; if you're making real *routing*
> decisions based upon that (i.e. you're making a router rather than a
> switch), which requires that packets take a trip to the CPU, you'll
> find yourself coming to the realization that Cisco and Juniper might
> actually be on to something, there, and that ASICs might actually be
> worth what you paid for them.

Yep, and if you do buy a whole bunch of quad-port NICs for your PC, then
the whole system will probably end up costing quite a bit.  It might even
turn out to be cheaper to get a "real" router instead.

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Erik Trulsson
ertr1013 at

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