Solved

linux computer as network switch

Posted on 2006-12-01
7
1,898 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-16
Hi,

I have a computer and several network cards.  Is there software to create my own switch out of this?  I guess it wouldn't have to be linux, but being free would be nice.
0
Comment
Question by:bryanlloydharris
  • 3
  • 2
  • 2
7 Comments
 
LVL 43

Assisted Solution

by:ravenpl
ravenpl earned 250 total points
ID: 18059334
linux bridge over multiple NICs is exactly what is called switch.
http://linux-net.osdl.org/index.php/Bridge
http://www.faqs.org/docs/Linux-HOWTO/BRIDGE-STP-HOWTO.html
0
 
LVL 4

Assisted Solution

by:joshmia2001
joshmia2001 earned 250 total points
ID: 18060312
 Linux makes a great router / firewall, but seriously buy a low cost low power consuming switch device.  You can get one anywhere from 30 bucks to 2000 bucks.  You will be wasting your time and electric creating a linux based switch on a PC.  If you plan to go embedded that's another story and costs a-lot more than any off the shelf device that already works.  If you need help creating a linux based firewall / router.. .Just ask...

  Joshua McDowell
0
 
LVL 3

Author Comment

by:bryanlloydharris
ID: 18060564
Raven thanks for the links.

Josh I am not too sure about any real use, but I'm just curious if it's possible and since it seems interesting I thought I might read about it.  Wouldn't it be useful if the computer had OpenBGP, or is that for routers only?
0
Master Your Team's Linux and Cloud Stack!

The average business loses $13.5M per year to ineffective training (per 1,000 employees). Keep ahead of the competition and combine in-person quality with online cost and flexibility by training with Linux Academy.

 
LVL 43

Assisted Solution

by:ravenpl
ravenpl earned 250 total points
ID: 18060571
BGP is for routers only. Border Gateway Protocol is for dynamic routing in wide area networks.
0
 
LVL 4

Accepted Solution

by:
joshmia2001 earned 250 total points
ID: 18060710
 Sure you could probably hack around with OpenBGP, but it was never intended to be used in that way.  If you ask me, such standards just make for security holes and head aches.  I can certainly understand your being curious about these things, I am still kicking around the idea of a 500mhz risc embedded switch that I design most every aspect of..  I have even thought about some sort of ASIC design, but the asic is far beyond my grasp.

Joshua
0
 
LVL 3

Author Comment

by:bryanlloydharris
ID: 18061492
Thanks for the discussion, it was very interesting.
0
 
LVL 43

Expert Comment

by:ravenpl
ID: 18062422
I don't think You can tune/hack bgp to be usefull in eth switch - it's designed for totally different thing. But whatever.
0

Featured Post

Enterprise Mobility and BYOD For Dummies

Like “For Dummies” books, you can read this in whatever order you choose and learn about mobility and BYOD; and how to put a competitive mobile infrastructure in place. Developed for SMBs and large enterprises alike, you will find helpful use cases, planning, and implementation.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
Help on running oracle SQL script in linux 3 61
How to enable sync between two yum repo? 1 41
error log using ftp 7 56
Trying to install php56 on CentOS 7 get GPG error 5 30
SSH (Secure Shell) - Tips and Tricks As you all know SSH(Secure Shell) is a network protocol, which we use to access/transfer files securely between two networked devices. SSH was actually designed as a replacement for insecure protocols that sen…
The purpose of this article is to demonstrate how we can use conditional statements using Python.
Connecting to an Amazon Linux EC2 Instance from Windows Using PuTTY.
Get a first impression of how PRTG looks and learn how it works.   This video is a short introduction to PRTG, as an initial overview or as a quick start for new PRTG users.

830 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question