On Wed, May 28, 2008 at 09:51:35AM -0400, Bob McConnell wrote: > From: Robert Huff > > Bob McConnell writes: > > > >> >>> define what "enterprise level router" is > >> >> > >> >> Something that doesn't say 'Vista capable' on the box? > >> > > >> > so get 486, 16MB RAM, needed amount of network cards, install > FreeBSD > >> and > >> > configure :) > >> > > >> > (pentium may be needed for full 100Mb/s capability) > >> > >> Finding a box with that enough PCI slots might be problematic. > > > > Six slots X quad-port network cards = 24 interfaces. > > If you need more than that, it's probably worth investing in > > specialized hard-/software. > > > Robert Huff > > Where did you find a box with six slots?
Motherboards (in standard ATX format) with six PCI slots are not all that difficult to find. If you include PCI-E and PCI-X in 'PCI' it is even easier, but there certainly exist ones with six normal 32-bit/33MHz PCI slots as well. Today it is not very common, but if you look at older socketA boards it was actually fairly common. (The Asus A7V8X-X is one example of such a board, but there were several others.) (Putting a total of 6 quad-port NICs on a single PCI-bus would totally swamp that bus though, so if one were to actually use so many NICs I would rather recommend e.g. the Asus P5BP-E/4L motherboard. It has 3 PCI slots and 3 PCI-E slots in addition to the four gigabit LAN ports included on the motherboard - so you can get a total of 28 ports if you fully populate all slots with quad-port NICs (not counting any USB-connected ethernet ports one might add.) It also has built-in graphics so one does not need to waste one slot on a graphics card.) -- <Insert your favourite quote here.> Erik Trulsson [EMAIL PROTECTED] _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"