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    network switch distro x86

    I have a x64 box with 12 1Gb ethernet ports install. Just for fun, I was wondering if there is a pre-built distro that would run the box as a managed layer 2 switch and a layer 3 router? Might sound silly, but it was just a thought.

    Something like, one port from the ISP, the other 11 as a switch.

    Any thoughts as very much welcome.


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    Linux Engineer Kloschüssel's Avatar
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    Oct 2005
    sure, there are plenty linux distris around that perform these tasks.

    • Whiterussian derivates:
      • OpenWRT (I can recommend this one)
      • DD-WRT
      • FreeWRT
      • Tomato
      • Freetz
    • Endian (a distri for routing devices built upon debian; see the community edition)

    There are more. Basically all newer linux distributions can be configured as routing device in few steps.

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