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hardware idea for two-port high performance router

Wed Sep 14, 2022 9:18 pm

Not sure if this request was already mentioned before, but would it be an idea to deliver a low-latency router device with:

- just two ports: SFP+ and UTP, preferably 10gbps, but 5 or 2.5 would already jump the popularity bandwagon.
- no switch chip; both directly connected to a multi-core CPU. No more bridge HW-offloading nightmares.
- no POE (nightmares)
- high performance CPU e.g. alike RB5009 or better, also to accommodate low latency (wireguard) VPN
- small form factor
- low power usage
- to further reduce cost: no external (usb) storage or additional power input options

Reasoning: a small home device with focus on routing only, to let a proper switch behind handle the rest (inter-vlan routing, dhcp, ACL's, etc).

Currently using RB5009 as pure NAT router with only two ports connected (avoiding that miserable eth1), with multiple static routes to a (cisco) switch which can handle L3 routing through ASIC with wire speed. Seems to work more responsive than using the AIO bridge-switch setup with HW offloading, at this moment.
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Re: hardware idea for two-port high performance router

Thu Sep 15, 2022 9:25 pm

Sounds like a horrible idea with only two ports.

You you need to NAT/Firewall 10Gbps of traffic, then you probably can afford a CCR2004-16G-2S+PC
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Re: hardware idea for two-port high performance router

Fri Sep 16, 2022 2:54 am

A small but powerfull 2 SPF+ only would be a dream for many locations.
I have only one location without a proper switch.
Rest, only ether1 and ether 2 in use, no matter how big the router is. Waste of ports to be frank.

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