Linux vs. Cisco 1720
Posted on 2005-03-22
I have a number of Cisco 1720 routers in my organization. They are all configured with a on-board 10/100 interface and an add-in 10Mbs WIC. My issue is that I feel they are a bottleneck to my network. I can't seem to find a 10/100 WIC to replace my existing 10Mbs WIC with, so I am left searching for alternative solutions.
I have quite a few Compaq Pentium 90 PCs with 64MB lying around. My question is if this would make a viable replacement router. I would install a pair of 3Com 10/100 NICS and allow linux to route for me. Will this outperform the Cisco 1720, assuming it will go beyond 10Mbs? I am doing no special features on the router, just very basic routing.
Is the hardware enough to sustain the traffic I am looking for? I assume it is, but you know how that goes.
And finally - Is there a very lightweight kernel for doing routing only. I don't need any other bells and whistles - just basic routing!
Thanks for your help in advance!!!