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Im trying to decide what would be better for my small office network. A regular router or a Pentium 3 system with multiple 10/100 nic's? I know the PC will be bottle necked by PCI bus speeds and other things but the Linux distros that ive played with have amazing features even compared to my DD-WRT 54G.
Anyway i would love to hear OCN's ideas on this matter. biggrin.gif
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Would you be to give a better picture of the network and usage?

PCI bus speed is 133MB/s shared by all devices. A single 1Gb connection will basically utilize all that.

A custom router will provide better protecting, reporting, and control of your business.
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It would depend on what your needs are, if you are trying to compare between DD-WRT 54G SoHo equipment vs a custom built that is. Meaning how important is speed to you? How important is Security? You really need to do a proper Requirements Analysis, this is critical for business.
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I wont have any giagabit devices on the network only a few older workstations for studio work and a few office systems maybe 10 systems total. There will be a wireless N AP on the network as well. The ISP connection we have there is 10 mbits down 4 mbits up. The pentium 3 system i already have kinda setup as i was playing with some networking linux distros is a 1ghz system with 512mb of 133 ram and a 40gb HDD.


Security is of some importance all the devices will be on one of my 24 port switches so im not connecting every system to the router. Speed is also important i would say its probably more important in this situation than security.
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Based on that information, the Linux Networking Distro should give you more security features. The downside obviously will be the knowledge required to set it up properly vs the pre-built.
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Originally Posted by bratas;14425218 
Based on that information, the Linux Networking Distro should give you more security features. The downside obviously will be the knowledge required to set it up properly vs the pre-built.

The setup is not a big deal to me i use Linux all the time. It actual probably easier to setup than the last router i had to flash dd-wrt to. My concern was there would be a noticeable speed difference between the dd-wrt and the linux system.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by darthspartan;14425277 
My concern was there would be a noticeable speed difference between the dd-wrt and the linux system.
Nope. The WAN bandwidth is limited to 10Mb/s max and the switch will handle virtually all the LAN traffic.
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo;14425543 
Nope. The WAN bandwidth is limited to 10Mb/s max and the switch will handle virtually all the LAN traffic.

Thanks i'm installing the OS now. The system will go in a rack next to my server. Its a good use of a P3 system that would otherwise just sit around doing nothing plus the web interface of the Linux system is just awesome.
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As stated, if all of your traffic on the LAN is within the same subnet, you won't notice a difference as your non-internet-bound traffic will remain in a switched environment.
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