What is the bandwidth of your upstream? if it is not more than 155M, my experience desktop GigE is fine for you. Between DMZ and the Local LAN, you can consider the 64 bit cards if you have high volume of data transfer. but 32 bit cards is enough. For the hardware, I am using "CPU: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.20GHz with 2G memory. Don't need the modern hardware if you don't have many applications running and just use it as routing Thank you
Christopher Hilton <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: chloe K wrote: > intel desktop GigE (32 bits) around 380M > intel server GigE (64 bits) around 800M - 900M > > While this may seem obvious I'm gonna ask it anyway. I'm being pedantic here and assuming: The performance numbers are best case MBytes per second; That the 64bit card is in a 64bit slot; That the 64bit card in a 32bit slot would give similar performance to the 32 bit card. A little information about my situation is probably in order. I have a DMZ with FreeBSD box acting as a NAS (samba/dav/nfs fileshare); a postgresql database server; a mysql database server; and an apache webserver; and a postfix mail server. All of these machines are older Pentium III 1GHz single or dual CPU class machines. It's more than enough performance for the bulk of my clients which are bottlenecked by their connection over the internet. I'd like to go to Gig E to improve performance for a hand full of clients on the local LAN and to move critical data out of the DMZ. Eventually I plan to replace the current generation of servers with something more modern like HP DL360 G5 and DL380 G5 hardware. Based on that, if my assumptions are correct then the 64bit Intel Hardware seems to be the way to go. -- Chris -- __o "All I was doing was trying to get home from work." _`\<,_ -Rosa Parks ___(*)/_(*)___________________________________________________________ Christopher Sean Hilton pgp key: D0957A2D/f5 30 0a e1 55 76 9b 1f 47 0b 07 e9 75 0e 14 --------------------------------- All new Yahoo! Mail - --------------------------------- Get a sneak peak at messages with a handy reading pane. _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"