Re: Linux as an Ethernet Switch & More

James W. Laferriere (babydr@nwrain.net)
Sun, 26 Jan 1997 12:17:05 -0800 (PST)


On Sun, 26 Jan 1997, DUPRE Christophe wrote:
> On Sat, 25 Jan 1997, Dean Gaudet wrote:
> > 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.
> Not really - you can get a P166 with minimal hard drive, 32 Megs RAM and
> 4 100Mbps NIC cards (PCI - no interrupt fiddling) for under $2000,
> assuming you don't buy monitors, keyboard, cdrom etc which are not needed
> for a bridge... Of course, you won't be able to have 24 10BT ports, but
> for a smaller network Linux would do just fine...
>
On this note & having done a little research on the subject.

Which MB's have all slots PCI ?
or
Which MB's have 6 or more PCI ?

Reason being there are several manufactures of Dual
10BT boards, their not real cheap but affordable.
& If we had a MB with 8 PCI slots, setup as follows.

slot a 100MbT for upload/download.
slot b 100MbT for general linkage
slot c 100MbT for general linkage
slot d 100MbT for general linkage
slot e Dual 10MbT for general linkage
slot f Dual 10MbT for general linkage
slot g Dual 10MbT for general linkage
slot h Dual 10MbT for upload/download.

This would give a total of 6-10BT, 3-100BT,
2-10BT uplinks, 1-100BT uplink.
One could even sacrifice a slot to a NIC_T-1/T-3 card &
voila a router/switch..... ;-)

Tia, JimL
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