Gigabit Linux Routers

Alex Thurlow alex at
Wed Dec 17 16:33:24 UTC 2008

Florian Weimer wrote:
> * Eugeniu Patrascu:
> My concern with PC routing (in the WAN area) is a lack of WAN NICs
> with properly maintained kernel drivers.
Depending on your WAN interface, there's actually a decent amount of
stuff out there.  The cheaper alternative to me has actually always been
to get some old cisco hardware with the proper interfaces and use it for
media conversion.  I have a 6500 with Sup1As in it.  It can't take BGP
feeds with the amount of memory it has, but with the right cards, it
will give my router Ethernet and push a few million pps with no problem.

Sounds like he's getting Ethernet from his provider though, so this
probably isn't an issue.

Alex Thurlow
Blastro Networks

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