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    Untangle Ninja proactivens's Avatar
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    Thumbs up Bandwidth and Untangle

    How well does untangle handle high speed connections to the internet? I hear this question all the time. My response is always the same: It handles it very well. In fact, most untangle users see an increase in overall bandwidth after switching over from their old router.

    The statement is true, however I get the feeling that some people don't believe me when I say it. To back that point up, I would like to share this with you.

    Today, I decided to put the main office back on Untangle. We moved offices last year, and in my rush to get things setup, I threw our comcast connection on an Asus wireless router I had laying around to save time. I hadnt thought much about it since until I recently switched from outlook to thunderbird. (Love thunderbird btw) Outlook has a pretty nice spam engine compared to thunderbird. I have been getting a ton of spam since I made the switch so I decided to put untangle back in as our router.

    I ran speedtest.net tests (3 times) to the washington, dc server with the asus router in place, and my bandwidth (average) was 24.76MB down and 1.3 up. Not bad, right in line with what I am paying comcast for. Well after I got the untangle appliance (D series) hooked up and configured, I ran speedtest.net tests (3 times) again, and I got 28.56 down and 2.75 up averages.

    So with untangle in place, I gained 3mb /s download speed and 1.5mb /s upload speed. The download speed is not very impressive, but the upload speed doubled. That I am impressed by.
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    I missed my chance to try it on what I'd call a higher speed connection....45 megs. We had our server cabinet with unmetered access to a full DS3 upstairs from our office up until a few months ago...but we had an RV016 in place for that.

    I do have quite a few clients with 20 meg pipes that I have Untangle on (20 megs are the norm around here these days w/cable)...just business grade desktop PCs....early Pentium 4 processors in the low to mid 2.x GHz range (hyperthreads and even pre H/T), 1 or 2 gigs of RAM, networks of 20, 40, 60, etc....UT keeps up with the speed just fine.

    I remember back in the 5.3 or 5.4 versions someone stated Untangle would handle up to the high 40's as far as throughput. That was the peak, no matter how much CPU you threw at it. Dunno if that number still holds true w/current versions.

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    I have a client who is running a server farm off of an 100Mb connection and untangle holds its own there as well.
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    Cool so it did scale up in speeds with v6 and 7.

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    Good to know, we are likely to have a 100Mbps pipe here at the office before too long to replace our dual T1's.
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    I cant say for sure, they started off with 6.1 last year. I havent talked to them since.
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    My largest install is running on a 100mbit fiber line. 6000 kids at a high school, and the unit during trial phase was tested and holding 98mb up/down.

    Mind you that is a quad xeon server. I don't mean a quad core, I mean 4 quad cores. And it has 16gb of ram, and Intel Pro1000 interfaces.

    Untangle can handle any speed you throw at it. It will do better than any dumb little SOHO router. The catch is, did you give it enough guts to handle the traffic load? Larger sites need exponentially larger CPU/RAM. And this issue gets even more insane to work with if you went cheap and used software interfaces.
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