[rescue] Netra as a router/firewall for home use

Steve Sandau ssandau at gwi.net
Sun Mar 9 20:33:52 CDT 2008

Michael-John Turner wrote:
> On Sun, Mar 09, 2008 at 06:15:37PM -0400, Phil Stracchino wrote:
>> In the past, OpenBSD's hme driver has been buggy.  That may be fixed now.  
>> As long as I avoided the hme, though, I've never had problems with multiple 
>> NICs under OpenBSD.  My firewall/router box is an Ultra5 with four NICs 
>> running OpenBSD, and it Just Works.
> As a matter of interest, what performance do you get out of the U5? My
> NetBSD/sparc64-running U1 is starting to take some strain since I upgraded
> my ADSL connection. My connection is 'up to 24Mbps' and I normally sync at
> around 14.5Mbps downstream, but the U1 only manages arond 1.2MB/s if I'm
> lucky. My grotty Thomson modem/router manages around 1.5-1.6MB/s, but I'd
> prefer to use my own firewall/router running NetBSD with pf.
> FWIW, the U1 is a 170E with onboard hme and SBus qfe.

I would think you should do better than 1.2MB/s on an Ultra. My SS4 
running OBSD is on a DSL connection and SpeakEasy's speedtest (as well 
as download experience) says the SS4 has no problem with 3MB throughput. 
My SS5 on the cable connection will also handle 3MB download with no 


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