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Re: cpu needed to NAT 45mbs

  • From: Lamar Owen
  • Date: Fri Nov 09 16:22:57 2007

On Thursday 08 November 2007, Carl Karsten wrote:
> I do the networking in my house, and hang out with guys that do networking
> in small offices that have a few T1s.   Now I am talking to people about a
> DS3 connection for 500 laptops*, and I am bing told "a p4 linux box with 2
> nics doing NAT will not be able to handle the load."   I am not really
> qualified to say one way or the other.  I bet someone here is.

I'm able to get 45Mb/s through a P3-800 with a four-port NIC running NAT and 
simple content filtering with SmoothWall Advanced Firewall 2 easily.  Have a 
box doing that right now.
Lamar Owen
Chief Information Officer
Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute
1 PARI Drive
Rosman, NC  28772