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Date:      Sun, 02 Jan 2005 15:53:10 +0100
From:      Phil Schulz <>
To:        Bill Moran <>
Subject:   Re: FreeBSD Gateway
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References:  <000001c4f09b$f67534d0$68bbbbc0@kewdaeahnhd04i> <>

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Bill Moran wrote:
> "Victor Foulk" <> 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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