On Wed, May 28, 2008 at 10:48 AM, Erik Trulsson <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > On Wed, May 28, 2008 at 10:31:24AM -0400, Jerry B. Altzman wrote: >> 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. > 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.
I don't know about that: Intel quad gigE cards are $250/pop on eBay; Sun qfe cards are a tenth of that price. Have you priced Vendor C or Vendor J routers recently? If you're building a *switch*, you are still price competitive with the bigger vendors. Oh yeah, this is all ONLY for passing ethernet; if you've got other layer-1 technologies to integrate, you're in for a surprise, too. > Erik Trulsson //jbaltz -- jerry b. altzman [EMAIL PROTECTED] www.jbaltz.com foo mane padme hum _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"