Re: Linux as an Ethernet Switch & More

Dean Gaudet (
Sat, 25 Jan 1997 11:58:12 -0800 (PST)

It's certainly possible but I would seriously question your reasons for
doing this. After all, a 3com 24 10baseT port with a 100baseT uplink
multiple MAC address switch costs um, $3k. After you've bought a p200
plus a bunch of multiport NICs and screwed with their interrupts and
configured linux and possibly dealt with bugs in the bridging code...
you're getting up there near $3k if not over.


On Wed, 25 Sep 1996, Ron Van Dam wrote:

> Theorically speaking:
> Would it be possible/feastible to set up a linux box as a Ethernet
> Switch by briging multiple ethernet cards? Or would Linux bridging just
> forward all packets to all interfaces? Theorically, would a Pentium 200
> with PCI ethernet NICs be able to deliver acceptable performance?
> Second, Any News about supporting PING with IP Masquerade? I know that
> Traceroute works, but some applications use PING first to check to see
> if a host is alive before they begin communicating. I heard rumors that
> some one was addressing this issue, and I would like to know if is true
> and a possible release date.
> Third, Is there any support for the Eagle/Microdyne NW2000 serial card?
> NW2000 is a serial card for PPP and framerelay up to T1 speeds.
> Thanks