[vcf-midatlantic] WTB: DECbrouter

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Tue Jun 27 15:00:30 EDT 2017


On 06/27/2017 02:55 PM, william degnan via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> curious, but can't a VAX of even a modern box of some sort be rigged to act
> as a router for this kind of thing?  Admittedly just asking not
> knowledgeable enough to answer this question myself..

  That depends on the type of interfaces you want to route between.
Some of the earliest routers were PDP-11s.

  If you need to route something like a T1 or T3 line, that's pretty
tough to do on anything but a purpose-built router due to support for
those types of hardware interfaces.  Further, for more modern circuits
like OC192s, etc, there really aren't too many general-purpose computers
available that can move data that fast in any predictable or consistent
way, and nothing anywhere near as reliable or internally redundant as
something like a big Cisco or Juniper machine.  They exist with their
six-figure price tags for a reason.

              -Dave

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Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
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