The Making of a Router

Faisal Imtiaz faisal at
Thu Dec 26 16:46:47 UTC 2013

I am a believer of not having to re-invent the wheel...

Having said that.. have you looked at 'purpose built appliances'  e.g.

If you are looking for a full router....
Consider such as these...

and there are a few others but the concept is the same

Personally, I am not a believer in making a single device be the do all / end all of everything..
While one can do everything on a big server .. however breaking things out e.g. voip trans-coding and routing make maintenance, availability, and ability to create redundancy much more practical.


Faisal Imtiaz
Snappy Internet & Telecom

----- Original Message -----
> From: "Nick Cameo" <symack at>
> To: nanog at
> Sent: Thursday, December 26, 2013 11:33:13 AM
> Subject: The Making of a Router
> Hello Everyone,
> We are looking to put together a 2u server with a few PCIe 3 x8
> (recommendations appreciated). The router will take a voip transcoding
> line card, and will act as an edge router for a telecom company.
> For things like BGP (Quagga, Zebra, all that lovely stuff!!!), static
> routes, and firewall capabilities we are thinking gentoo linux
> stripped for sure however, what about the BSDs? FreeBSD or OpenBSD.
> Any comments, feedback, does, and don'ts are much appreciated.
> Kind Regards,
> Nick.

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