OT: ADSL safe practices and setting up a home network

Neil Cherry ncherry at comcast.net
Fri Apr 14 19:45:42 UTC 2006


Eugen Leitl wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 14, 2006 at 10:13:35AM -0700, Wolfgang S. Rupprecht wrote:
> 
>> Note, I can't see the value of running one of those under-powered
>> boxes as a firewall.  Why?  It uses the same software firewall that
> 
> 200 MHz MIPSel with 32 MBytes RAM is underpowered for a residential
> firewall? Only for most extreme P2P users. If it sucks you're running
> the wrong firmware. 
> 
> If it's underpowered, use a 266 MHz soekris or wrap board with 128 MBytes --
> and add swap space, if you must. If it's *still* underpowered, take a 
> mini-ITX Eden, booting from compact flash.

I just did a test with my WGT634U (ttcp through LAN1 & the internet
port, in bridge mode) and it seems to be able to forward (in one
direction at least) ~86Mbps (1450 byte tcp packets). Turning on
the firewall will slow it down and I don't know home much yet.
A report on Tom's hardware seems to suggest that big block traffic
can be received at around 20Mbps with the default WRT software with
default settings.


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