How many concurrent connections can a standard NIC handle?
Posted on 2004-11-10
This question stems from running network applications that run many threads and thus have many concurrent connections.
When buying firewalls and routers they advertise the number of concurrent connections that the device can handle. SOHO routers/firewalls can gennerally handle 6000, with small business equipment handling 35,000 and above. I beleive this number is advertised because the equipment has to smartly handle each connection, thus it becomes a limiting factor. But what I am hunting for is if I hook a Standard network card up to a network, how many raw concurrent connections can it handle before dropping connections? I dont need a definite number from you guru's, but a general idea would help me greatly.
Thank you so much in advance I know I am asking the question in the right forum.
I am assigning this question a level of difficult because the only way you know the answer is to of run into a similiar problem in the real world.