[Dshield] Recommendation for home router
dshield at chrisbuechler.com
Mon Feb 20 05:59:18 GMT 2006
> It wouldn't be hard to test with two computers running
> iperf. If you don't have a linux system, I've seen
> some success running under cygwin.
Don't need to use cygwin. There's a Windows binary of iperf available
from the iperf site.
iperf is good for testing the maximum single connection throughput of a
device. But what can be far more telling with routers and firewalls is
how well they scale when under the load of many simultaneous
connections. Some that perform well on a single connection may perform
horribly when loaded with hundreds or thousands of simultaneous
connections (which is common with some applications, like BitTorrent is
a good example).
To translate that to a real world outcome, a given router or firewall
may be able to handle, say, 8 Mbps with an HTTP download, but maybe only
2 Mbps with BitTorrent. (theoretical numbers for illustrative purposes
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