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SMC Barricade Broadband NAT Router Benchmarks
lbyard Sep-12-00 06:34 AM
I just ran some quick benchmarks on the Barricade and was pleasantly surprised! The Barricade was tested with two pairs of computers transferring the Windows cab files to each other at the same time. While one pair was transferring the windows 98 cabs (about 105 MBytes) the other pair was timed while transferring the original Windows 95 cabs (about 33 MBytes). The time was 15 seconds for 33 MBytes. The time to transfer the Win 95 files without the other two computers transferring data was also 15 seconds. These results are the same as those obtained for the D-Link DSS-5+ Switch and a generic hub during testing for the review of the D-Link DFE-910 Network in a Box.
Now for the surprising part, the Internet sharing tests... Today was a good day to download from download.com. My 500 Mhz K6-2 computer with Win Me clocked in the mid 80's (KBs) through the Barricade to a Surfboard SB2100D cable MODEM with 33 K dial-up uplink. I added a 350 Mhz K6-2, Win 2000 computer and downloaded to both simultaneously. Both clocked 70's! I added a third computer, a rather sluggish Compaq Presario with a K6-2 which belongs to a customer. The Win Me machine clocked about 70 KBs, the Win 2000 clocked in the low 60's, and the Compaq poked along in the high 30's. I tested the Compaq by itself and it again downloaded in the high 30's, which indicates that the limitation has something to do with the Compaq and not the network, cable, or Barricade. Finally, I just surfed on the Win Me computer while the Win 2000 and Compaq were downloading at the same time. The browsing was very fast and smooth; I could not tell that the other two machines were even using the Internet! This is one fast box when compared to software-based NATs, such as Win 98 SE ICS and SyGate. My tests of those NATs showed that download speeds were roughly halved when a second computer downloaded simultaneously. I see now that the bottleneck was not the Internet, cable, or cable MODEM, but rather it was the software-based ICS /NAT. With these facts in mind, one can certainly appreciate the power of using a hardware switch to interface the 100 Mhz LAN to the 10 Mhz WAN segment. Larry

1. RE: SMC Barricade Broadband NAT Router Benchmarks
deerslayer Sep-12-00 10:10 AM
In response to message 0
sounds great, was wondering how a "box" like this is setup/installed. Also was curious what the MSRP is. Verizon is finally offering DSL service to my area and will have it at the end of the month.I would like to try this out as opposed to ICS. Thanks!

2. RE: SMC Barricade Broadband NAT Router Benchmarks
lbyard Sep-12-00 04:16 PM
In response to message 1
I uploaded a review of the Barricade (http://duxcw.com/digest/Reviews/Network/smc/smc7004br/smc7004br.htm) early this morning. It is really a compilation (with some word smithing) of everything posted to this Forum on the Barricade over the last few days. It includes the price one reader paid for it. I plan to add to the review as we receive more input. Larry

3. RE: SMC Barricade Broadband NAT Router Benchmarks
deerslayer Sep-13-00 09:12 AM
In response to message 2
Was also wondering if you tested ICS comparing Windows 98se to Windows 2000 and ME. Thanks

4. RE: SMC Barricade Broadband NAT Router Benchmarks
deerslayer Sep-13-00 10:50 AM
In response to message 3
Do you know where I might be able to purchase SMC Barricade Broadband NAT Router ? Also how does this compare to the dlink di-704 Internet Server/Firewall4-port 10/100 Mb Switch?

thanks again


6. RE: SMC Barricade Broadband NAT Router Benchmarks
lbyard Sep-13-00 05:24 PM
In response to message 4
SMC has a "where to buy" page at http://www.smc.com/smc/pages_html/wbuy.html. One reader gave a source at http://duxcw.com/dcforum/DCForumID2/230.html#16. This message does not mean I endorse that vendor. To avoid any possible appearance of a conflict of interest in this publication, I am going to stay neutral on product sources and not recommend any vendors for anything. The conflict of interest issue is the main reason I closed-down Internet sales. Larry

9. D-Link DI-704
lbyard Sep-13-00 07:53 PM
In response to message 4
I haven't seen one yet. It looks like a DI-701 with four LAN ports. It does not have the SMC Barricade print server capability, which I find attractive for my laser printer. Larry

5. RE: SMC Barricade Broadband NAT Router Benchmarks
lbyard Sep-13-00 05:12 PM
In response to message 3
I plan to do both. Windows Me is has been installed on my computer for a few days. The first articles on it will be concerned with installation and boot/startup floppies. Then I will do networking. I also have 2000 Pro and have installed it on another machine. That will follow several articles planned after Me and in various stages of completion. There is just little ol’ (and I do mean old) me here and I'm punching 12-14 hour days, seven days a week. It's a good thing I closed the store front. This web site has become a full-time job. Larry

7. RE: SMC Barricade Broadband NAT Router Benchmarks
deerslayer Sep-13-00 06:13 PM
In response to message 5
Well I'm sure I speak for many when I say we appreciate your site. I do understand your reasoning for wanting to stay neutral on products.
I have a D-Link DFE-910 Network in a Box. I would like to add a router after my DSl line is up. I was looking at the product I mentioned but then noticed the D-Link DI-701 DSL/Cable Residential Gateway, which was recomended for people that already have a switch/hub. Some of the reviews I read through your links gave it a favorable review. Was wondering if you are familiar with the product, and if you plan on reviewing it. Question: If using this product with my switch, would it plug into the uplink?

thanks


8. RE: SMC Barricade Broadband NAT Router Benchmarks
lbyard Sep-13-00 07:48 PM
In response to message 7
I have a DFE-910 and the Barricade works fine with it by connecting any one of the four Barricade LAN ports to the DSS-5+ uplink port with a straight-thru cable. Remember, that uplink port is shared with the first LAN port on the DSS-5+. The uplink port will not work if something is plugged into Port 1 as well. I have a DI-701 here for testing and a review and hope to get to it before long. I have heard that it has a security problem, but have not looked into it or verified it yet, and have not checked to see if it has been fixed. The unit looks better (rather nifty) than that portrayed by the pictures on D-Link’s site. Larry

10. RE: SMC Barricade Broadband NAT Router Benchmarks
deerslayer Sep-13-00 08:44 PM
In response to message 8
so the baracade has a parallel port? It sounds great. but with having 3 pc's and having the dlink dfe-910 it sounds like over-kill getting the baracade as well.

11. RE: SMC Barricade Broadband NAT Router Benchmarks
lbyard Sep-13-00 08:59 PM
In response to message 10
How much $ overkill? A DI-701, or something like it, may be alright if it works as well (yet to be tested before I'll say it does), the print server is no big deal, there are no plans to expand the network, and no desire to have additional home runs: cables going to the switch from other locations (computers/notebooks/other devices which can play musical chairs without someone having to play switchboard operator at the switch). Larry

12. RE: SMC Barricade Broadband NAT Router Benchmarks
deerslayer Sep-13-00 10:01 PM
In response to message 11
well, i meant for myself as far as overkill, the configuration i mentioned is what i have

13. RE: SMC Barricade Broadband NAT Router Benchmarks
lbyard Sep-13-00 10:55 PM
In response to message 12
Well… Guess you'll just have to buy some more computers or some of those network appliances I've been reading about. I have four computers (three people) and would be at least one port short without the D-Link switch. Need one for my workbench and will probably need more for test computers. Now you have an excuse to buy a file server or notebook. Larry

14. RE: SMC Barricade Broadband NAT Router Benchmarks
deerslayer Sep-13-00 11:38 PM
In response to message 13
ok you talked me into it...... I need a 2nd pc for myself.... guess i need to start collecting parts.
thanks again

15. RE: SMC Barricade Broadband NAT Router Benchmarks
deerslayer Sep-14-00 10:49 AM
In response to message 14
I was curious after reading your benchmark tests, I went to download.com and downloaded a file on my host, then when it was done, one of my client machines. The host speed was 4.75 kbs. The client was 4.33 kbs. This was connecting through my 56k modem at 49,333 through my dial-up. This is using win98 se on both machines, and dlink dfe 910. I will let you know after I get my dsl line up at the end of the month what differences I have doing the same test.

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