Router Performance Evaluation

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Hi I would like to do an investigation about router performance of multiple vendors. What commands, parameters or procedures do you recommend me in order to recollect data for this objective? I'm thinking of comparing a Cisco 2600 router with a Xorp router to begin with my little investigation. Any idea is very much appreciated. Best regards, Faith9.

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The Cisco 2600 series is a low-end router, and (to the best of my knowledge) not even manufactured any more, although there are a lot of them out there.Xorp is an open source IP router, which also means that the hardware is HIGHLY variable (like:whatever you have around). This makes meaningful comparisons very difficult (if not impossible) to achieve.

What exactly are you trying to measure? And why?


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  • Bobkberg
    Faith9 replied privately - This is first crack at a thesis, in a technologically challenged environment - hence the reference to the Cisco 2600 and XORP. Given that, I'm perfectly willing to expend some effort, and I'd suggest that others follow suit. The primary attribute for a router is raw throughput. However, that can take many forms, depending on: - wire speed - size of packet - Bus transfer to main memory - Memory bus transfer to CPU (Primarily XORP) - number of router interfaces - inter-packet spacing statistics (mean, median, standard deviation, etc.) - Use of NAT/PAT or proxy technologies - Helper functions (BootP/DHCP, NetBIOS) One protocol handling study I performed about 20 years ago came down (for the PC, not testing proprietary hardware) to bus speed between the network adapter and system memory in a 10 Mbit environment. This was before Fast and GB Ethernet, so the playing field was slightly more level. If you've got any sort of high-speed connection (meaning faster than dial-up), you can configure each test router as your default router to the Internet, and then use any of the myriad "bandwidth testing/measuring" sites on the Internet. Another thought is to contact some universities - since they're in the business of teaching, they may have homegrown measurement tools that they might make available. Give some of that a try - and who knows what else my colleagues on this forum may come up with. They're a creative bunch! Good luck, Bob
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  • Faith9
    Hi Thank you very much for your ideas, Bob. I will certainly try some of them. Best regards, Faith.
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