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486 fast enough?
  • From: Hans du Plooy <hansdp@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 1 May 2004 14:38:02 +0200
  • Message-id: <200405011438.02271.hansdp@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Hi all,

I have a 486 DX2-66 with 16mb RAM that I'd like to use as a firewall for
dial-up at home. Network card is a 10-base ISA card, it has a vesa-localbus
IDE controller and 1gb Maxtor disc. The disc was from a P-I of which the
mobo went bad. The firewall was already setup with forwarding and squid
proxy on the disc.

I tried it once but the result was disappointing. I could not get anymore
than about 1kbps download speed, and response was really slow. Even with the
proxy and all other unnecessary services disabled, matters didn't improve. I
tried both SuSE 6.3 and the latest IP-COP ( with all the
patches loaded.

The modem (external serial 56k v90) works fine and at full speed directly on
my computer, so it's not that. I copy a large file - about 40mb - with scp
to the 486, and it went at about 120kbps. Not sure where the bottleneck
there is - hard disc write speed or network card - but at least I know
networking should be able to keep up.

Is a machine like this just too slow? Or is the RAM insufficient? It only
serves two clients on normal analog dialup.


Kind regards
Hans du Plooy
Newington Consulting Services
hansdp at newingtoncs dot co dot za

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