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Re: [SLE] 486 fast enough?
  • From: "S.R.Glasoe" <srglasoe@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 4 May 2004 13:14:39 -0500
  • Message-id: <200405041314.39414.srglasoe@xxxxxxxxxxx>
On Saturday 01 May 2004 07:38, Hans du Plooy wrote:
> 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 (www.ipcop.org) 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.
>
> Thanks
> Hans

Does it have a "Turbo" switch and is it "on"? I'd say you need more RAM if
it'll take it. In theory that machine should work for a firewall. I'd suggest
one of the extremely light weight Linux distributions or the
firewall-on-a-floppy distributions that still support 486s.

Stan

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