Sounds like you've found a new use for those 386's and 486's. To give you
and idea i've got a similar setup and here's the specs.
kernel recompiled with optimizations set for a 486. Also compiled it to be
optimized as a router not a host. Ip masq and firewalling compiled in statically.
2 NE2000 NIC's on an ISA bus.
My outbound internet connection is a motorrola netsurfer wave cable modem, which
connects to one NIC via twisted pair. The other hosts are connected to the second NIC
via coax cable.
For stress testing, I started about 5 big (60mb) downloads from about 3 different hosts.
Total flow rate was about 1.2-1.6 Mbit/sec. The 486 router just chugged along with no problem.
A top session on the router showed that I was only at about 10% cpu utilization (with full masquerading).
I would really like to have the internet bandwith to peak it out and see what it's full limitations are
(i'm not complaining about 1.6 Mbit/sec, that's fast). Overall i'm very amazed. You should have
absolutely no problem routing leased lines with those machines......
> I have a couple of old 386 and 486 PCs I would want to use as routers on a
> TCP/IP WAN network. I will install Redhat Linux 5.1 on them. The PCs have 8
> MB RAM, but I may bump that up to 16 MB if possible. I would enable IP
> Masquerading on them. The links between sites would be with standard 2/4
> wire leased line modem connections. Main use of TCP/IP WAN would be for
> Internet access through a central location and to interconnect sites for
> other services.
> Are these PCs okay for what I intend to use them for. Would they perform
> well, or should use higher powered PCs.
> Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.