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Date:      Sun, 02 Jan 2005 10:32:57 -0500
From:      Micah Bushouse <>
To:        Bill Moran <>
Subject:   Re: FreeBSD Gateway
Message-ID:  <1104679977.274.25.camel@localhost>
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References:  <000001c4f09b$f67534d0$68bbbbc0@kewdaeahnhd04i> <>

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> > "Victor Foulk" <> wrote:
> [...]
> "Bill Moran" <> wrote:
> However, in my experience, the most critical hardware choice is
> the network cards themselves.  Cheapo network cards will really
> hurt performance under load.  So toss the cheapo Realtek cards
> into the trash and spend a little extra on an Intel or other name
> brand card designed for a server.

Similarly to Mr. Foulk, I'm also in the market for a pair of NICs for a
small organization's firewall/gateway (in this case using IPFilter). 

Per your plug for Intel, I'm browsing 3Com and Intel NICs right now on 

Intel 10/100 w 3DES - $63
3Com 10/100 w 3DES - $92

Why do you suppose that while the 3Com seems very similar to the Intel
it costs $30 more? Perhaps because it specs more types of encryption
than the Intel NIC?

How would this hardware acceleration integrate w FreeBSD? Per some Linux
binary compat (as both cards are compat w Linux kernel 2.2+)?

Will the hardware encryption on these cards ever be useful in a
firewall/gateway application?

Sorry for all the questions and thanks for your time,

Micah Bushouse <>

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