Re: Linux as an Ethernet Switch & More

Alan Cox (alan@lxorguk.ukuu.org.uk)
Sun, 26 Jan 1997 21:07:43 +0000 (GMT)


> 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?

The Linux bridge does this right. However a PC even with PCI bus is the
wrong sort of bus architecture to make a good choice of switch.

> 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.

Im not currently aware of any. The sangoma cards are supported, and they
have recently contributed an upper layer manager for wan devices.

Alan