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Router Performance Query

Hi All,

We have 15 subnets on my Lan side, and the inter subnet routing is done by UTM firewall for now, because of which we are unable to utilize the UTM performnace.

So we have decided to have a router in between Lan and the UTM to handle that intersubnet traffic, and we are looking to have 2901 series of Router,

But before that , i have few Questions.

1. I have seen in the Routerperformance.pdf file,  the Fast/Cef switching , Mbps is 167.42 . So does it means the throughput ?

and if i try to copy data from a PC from one subnet to other subnet PC, i will only get max speed of  167.42 Mbps only ? (remember that all my PCs and switches are having Gigabit ports)

2. Seen the data sheet and other documents of cisco 2900 series of routers , but could not found any details of Max connnections, or Max throughput, So where should i check for these.

First question is very important.

Pls reply soon, implementation is very urgent.

Regards,

Ashraf

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Re: Router Performance Query

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BTW - for intra-vlan routing, you might want to consider using a L3 switch (usually much faster than an ISR - also usually much less expensive for its performance).

#1 Yes (to your 1st question) and maybe (to your 2nd question).

#2 Routers generally don't concern themselves with max connections unless they are the logical end point.  Max throughput depends on multiple factors.

I've attached a Cisco whitepaper that better explains (the later model) ISR performance.

Re: Router Performance Query

Hi Joseph,

I have actually proposed for L3 switch( C3745 ), but management is not ready to invest as it is atleast 3 times more costlier than 2901 Series of Router.

Just for clerification, do you mean to say, we will not get speed more than 167.42 Mbps if i try to do some transaction (copy) between different subnets in the Lan ?  i have added 1 ip of each subnet as secondary ip address on the router interface, to make router as default gateway for the subnets.

All my computers and switches are of Gigabit ports.

pls clearify...

Regards,

Ashraf

Super Bronze

Re: Router Performance Query

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I have actually proposed for L3 switch( C3745 ), but management is not ready to invest as it is atleast 3 times more costlier than 2901 Series of Router.

"L3 switch ( C3745 )"?  Did you note the correct model?  The 3745 I'm aware of is an ISR, previous generation to the 38xx series routers and two generations previous to the 39xx series routers.

I was thinking of the 2960 series (those that support limited static routing) or the 3560 series.

Just for clerification, do you mean to say, we will not get speed more than 167.42 Mbps if i try to do some transaction (copy) between different subnets in the Lan ?

No, I'm not saying you won't exceed 167.42 Mbps.  You may easily exceed that, or you may not even obtain that.  Many variables involved with actual ISR performance.  Much depends on what your traffic "looks like" and your device's configuration.  For example, router performance actually is in packet per seconds, as packet sizes vary you may obtain huge performance differences, in bandwidth transmission, between small packets and large packets.  If your configuration does more "per packet", e.g. large ACLs, packet forwarding slows and so does transmission rate in Mbps.

The document I previouslly provided, notes different performance for different usage situations.

i have added 1 ip of each subnet as secondary ip address on the router interface, to make router as default gateway for the subnets.

Oh?  Normally the preferred setup up is to use different interfaces, as if you use a single interface you're limited to the bandwidth of that one interface for your LANs.  Also, when you do have multiple interfaces on a routers, if your connecting switch supports VLANs, you trunk the VLANs to the routers and define the gateways using subinterfaces.

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