Re: Upper limit of users for iptables firewall

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--- Jason Opperisano <opie@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On Thu, 2004-10-14 at 03:46, ads nat wrote:
> > Hi,
> > My Redhat linux 9.0 gateway server is with
> iptables
> > firewall. I am defining security rules based on
> mac
> > address of 400 users.
> > My server configure is 
> > 1) Intel Pentium IV 2.4 Ghz processor.
> > 2) 512 MB DD RAM
> > 3) 40 GB hard disc.
> > 
> > Will it be able to server request of 400 users?
> > I am doubtfull about performance of iptables
> firewall
> > for this load but want to avoid commercial
> firewall.
> > 
> > Has anybody used Iptables firewall for this user
> > traffic or more than this.
> > Please guide me for same.
> > 
> > Thanks for support.
> > 
> > 
> > slow fireawll Can someone give ideaWhat 
> 
> what size pipe are you trying to firewall?  while
> the number of users
> behind a firewall is relevant--the amount of
> bandwidth that needs to be
> filtered has more of an influence on the performance
> requirements.
> 
> 1000 users behind a firewall with a T1 connection
> can only ever push
> 1.54 Mbps through the firewall--which is nothing.
> 
> 100 users behind a firewall with a OC-3 connection
> would have a
> drastically greater hardware requirement.
> 
> in any case--a P4 2.4 with 512 MB of RAM is pretty
> healthy box.  and in
> the grand scheme, 400 users isn't really a huge
> amount.  i have a P3 800
> MHz with 384 MB of RAM server-class machine on a 4
> Mbps connections for
> about that many users that isn't breaking a sweat.
> 
> -j 
>  
> -- 
> Jason Opperisano <opie@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> 
> 
> 


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