Consumer-grade dual-homed connectivity options?

Brett Frankenberger rbf+nanog at
Wed Dec 30 17:08:25 CST 2009

On Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 11:13:24AM -0500, Steven Bellovin wrote:
> I know nothing of how to do this on a Catalyst; for PCs, my own guess
> is that you're looking far too high-end.  If the issue is relaying to
> the outside, I suspect that a small, dedicated Soekris or the like
> will do all you need -- there's no point in switching traffic faster
> than your DSL lines can run.  I'm not doing load-balancing, but all
> traffic from my house to the outside world (I have a cable modem)
> goes through a Soekris 4801, and I can download large files from my
> office at 12-13M bps.  Further, since the Soekris is bridging some
> networks, its interfaces are in promiscuous mode, so the box is
> seeing every packet on my home LAN. 

Really?  If it's connected to a switch, I'd expect it to only see
broadcast/multicast/unknown destination MACs, as well as traffic
actually flowing through the Soekris.

     -- Brett

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