> Hi all,
> I am in charge of a small office (10-15 people) and we want to install a
> dedicated line for internet use. I was thinking about taking an old
> Pentium 100Mhz 64MB RAM 1GB HHD and install Linux and configure it up to
> be a router between the network and the out side world. Now down here
> in Peru my other option is to rent a Cisco router for about US$70-80 per
> How much slower would a linux router be compared to a Cisco router? Is
> there any significant lack of performance for a linux router for our
> small office? Mony is not really a question. I was really just trying
> to save money and put linux & an old computer to work.
> Any comment will be appreciated on the pros and cons.
> Phillip J. Allen
> Consulting Geochemist/Geologist
> Lima Peru
I would use a cisco, the problem with the Linux solution is not, that it
can't be done, if setup
good, everything will be just as with the cisco or even better.
But you're depend on your *old PC hardware, which has many parts that
can and will fail, if the
internet connection does really matter for you, what if the cheap PC fails,
can you asure,
that it can be replaced in short time, or have you a fallback solution that
automagically switches the connection
to another server...
From my expirience with cisco: Not cheap, but probably configered you can
just forget that small green box in your
rack, it just works 24/7 ...:-)
The new "big" cisco models are IMHO running linux as it's OS.
The config files of cisco router (I know) are just plain text files as you
may be used to, from linux...:-)