On Wed, May 28, 2008 at 10:31:24AM -0400, Jerry B. Altzman wrote: > On Wed, May 28, 2008 at 10:08 AM, Erik Trulsson <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > > (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.) > > And all this just to *pass packets*; if you're making real *routing* > decisions based upon that (i.e. you're making a router rather than a > switch), which requires that packets take a trip to the CPU, you'll > find yourself coming to the realization that Cisco and Juniper might > actually be on to something, there, and that ASICs might actually be > worth what you paid for them. > > YMMV, HTH, HAND.
Yep, and if you do buy a whole bunch of quad-port NICs for your PC, then the whole system will probably end up costing quite a bit. It might even turn out to be cheaper to get a "real" router instead. -- <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]"