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If you just need it to do routing, then it all boils down to one question: How many packets per second can the CPU process. In order to load-test that, you can put a switch on each side and attach a few computers to each switch for generating traffic. Then measure the number of packets you can push through. You should perform at least three measurements - ...


I've used an old 3GHz Pentium 4 w/2GB RAM as a router + firewall for 500+ users with full-duplex gigabit uplinks in every direction (we even had 1Gbps internet service), and it never skipped a beat. Cisco's gear is robust, but not terribly powerful considering how hateful their terms and pricing are. So, I wouldn't be too spooked by numbers they're ...

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