real hardware router VS linux router

Bruce Grobler bruce at
Thu Feb 19 14:37:42 UTC 2009

Not much really, besides your personal preference and the configurability of
the device (will maintaining some semblance of sanity), there are some very
nice custom linux based appliances out there e.g. vyatta routers, which
boast 10 times throughput of Cisco (2800 series) routers, however it all
comes down to what you want to do. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Deric Kwok [mailto:deric.kwok2000 at] 
Sent: Thursday, February 19, 2009 4:30 PM
To: nanog at
Subject: real hardware router VS linux router

Hi All

Actually, what is the different hardware router VS linux router?

Have you had experience to compare real router eg: cisco VS linux router?

eg: streaming speed... tcp / udp

Thank you for your information

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