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cisco router vs linux router 6 years 11 months ago #33039

  • superudu
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hello,

what do you think about replacing a linux router with a cisco router?

can a cisco be better than a linux on forwarding traffic? i think yes
but can a cisco also do all the nice things a linux knows?
- multiple ips on an interface (does a cisco allows more than two ips/interface?)
- firewall filters
- firewall redirects
- nat
- dhcp server
?

i am talking here about a regular dual-core cpu 2.5 Ghz linux, with 2 gb ram
and the cisco router must not be some super hero (not very expensive)

does it worth replacing a linux with a cisco router?

thanks.
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Re: cisco router vs linux router 6 years 11 months ago #33040

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Yes a Cisco router can do all those things and more. Plus it is a dedicated piece of commercial-grade hardware - no matter how good your Linux router may be, chances are it'll be running on a standard PC architecture motherboard with a cheapo single power supply etc. Plus you've got support from Cisco but if you do the job yourself you're on your own. In summary, if you're doing the job for a commercial company then I'd do it properly.
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Re: cisco router vs linux router 6 years 11 months ago #33044

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Yes a Cisco router can do all those things and more. Plus it is a dedicated piece of commercial-grade hardware - no matter how good your Linux router may be, chances are it'll be running on a standard PC architecture motherboard with a cheapo single power supply etc. Plus you've got support from Cisco but if you do the job yourself you're on your own. In summary, if you're doing the job for a commercial company then I'd do it properly.

What type of client is this for? I agree with superudu, a dedicated Cisco router would probably be best. With that being said though, not all Cisco equipment has redundant power supplies and buying support from Cisco if the router isn't straight out of the box isn't cheap. Check out the pfSense project, its a good project. If you are going with the Linux Router option as opposed to the Cisco Router option be sure to explain to the client the pro's and con's of each, ultimately it will be them paying for the support and associated maintenance. Good luck!
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Re: cisco router vs linux router 6 years 11 months ago #33045

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Yeah you have actually answered yourself correctly, you can go wrong when you choose cisco routers interms of forwarding traffic.

well... I enjoy some flexibilities on the linux boxes, flavours like Enpaq, untangle that I can even add my add ons

see some more features you can enjoy with a linux box

Integrated antivirus, in some cases dual antivirus support

Proxy server

IT inventory management

mailserver

firewall

Virtualization support: run windows/linux based virtualised applications


Object filters - malwares, cookies, java apps

Windom primary domain controller: NT4 compactibility, multiple user profile support

Data backup

Hardware redundancy support

etc etc
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Re: cisco router vs linux router 6 years 11 months ago #33046

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correction

sorry I meant you CANT go wrong when you choose cisco
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Re: cisco router vs linux router 6 years 11 months ago #33054

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This post by nske might help too:

www.firewall.cx/ftopict-4216.html

Will try to come back with more useful thoughts as I'm currently too busy and lazy.
Studying CCNP...

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