[Soekris] general impressions of network throughput

Alex Pilon alp at alexpilon.ca
Tue Mar 18 18:12:52 CET 2014

> On 03/16/2014 09:59 PM, Malcolm Herbert wrote:
> > We will be soon getting a 25Mb/s link and I was wondering what max
> > throughput people had found for various models of Soekris boards - I
> > have some 4801s and a 5501 at the moment but was concerned that these
> > might not have the grunt to cope, especially as it would become my end
> > of a PPPoE link and might also host some static web pages too.
On Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 08:22:00AM +0100, Jan Ceuleers wrote:
> I have a 5501, and my ISP upgraded my VDSL2 line to 25.5Mbit/s a couple
> of months ago. The box runs Debian Wheezy. It terminates the PPPoE link
> so that the DSL modem's IP stack is not exposed to the internet.

Are you using the in-kernel PPPoE, or the userspace implementation of

On another note, I managed to achieve ~94 Mbits/second over plain
Ethernet. Both boxes running Arch Linux, custom kernels, one not a
Soekris and highly unlikely CPU-bound, running 3.13.6, the other a 5501
with a rather stripped 3.11.3.

I have two ISPs (both 2.5Mbit DSL, and “25”Mbit cable) and I'm rather
willing to bet that it's not my router that's the issue usually.

> - the box was getting just too crashy under load;

Unfortunately 177 reboots since April first. 30s watchdog. Haven't
isolated the cause for failure.


Alex Pilon
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