[Chugalug] EPB Gig-City Routers

Dave Brockman dave at brockmans.com
Wed Sep 18 03:34:55 UTC 2013

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On 9/17/2013 9:49 PM, Rod wrote:
> Too bad on the wrt, because if they had an old pci machine they
> could build a firewall box for a couple of bucks. (FA311's for
> $1.20 each) Wouldn't do gig but would do low end 100mbps.
> You may laugh at that. But for less than $3 US I can quadruple my
> net speed. That is a hell of a bargain at the moment. Sometimes you
> have to be frugal.

Friends don't let friends use Netgear.....  should have asked when you
were here :)

> On Tue, 17 Sep 2013 19:34:05 -0400, Chad Smith <chad78 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> I've had a couple of non-lug Chattanooga friends already contact
> me about the EPB announcement, and they are both asking about
> routers.
> As I understand it, there is no currently available WiFi standard 
> that supports 1 Gbit/s.  N goes up to 300 Mbit/s, and ac goes up
> to 500 Mbit/s....
> So, what routers do you all use/recommend?  (For the layperson, 
> someone who will never, ever, ever do anything with WRT or
> Tomato.)

Thought we had this discussion a couple of weeks ago.  You aren't
"routing" or "firewalling" anything at a 1Gb unless you are dropping
lots of dollars, or dropping a multi-core PCI-e box with a few Gb of RAM.

For *routing* 1 Gb at line speed, and SG300-10 switch will forward 100
IP addresses in hardware at line rate.  I suspect from the rest of
your question you want a NAT/WiFi integrated device.  I generally
recommend separating your device functions.  Use a *wired*
firewall/NAT/Router device and use an Access Point.  Expecting 1Gb
routing/firewalling/NATing throughput on a "consumer broadband router"
is kinda like expecting that 1908 Model T to get on I-75 and get up to



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