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Re: [SLE] 486 fast enough?
  • From: James Knott <james.knott@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 04 May 2004 17:06:16 -0400
  • Message-id: <409805C8.9050106@xxxxxxxxxx>
My first firewall, was a 486 DX2-66 & 24 MB, running Slackware 7. It worked fine.

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 ( 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.


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