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Old 01-26-2015, 04:34 PM   #1
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Lightweight router distro that can act as an internet/ISP router


I'm looking at setting up a lab to emulate the internet, mostly just for fun but also for learning and testing stuff (such as IPv6 deployment). I'd do IPv4 and IPv6 eventually so I'd want the solution to support both. Essentially I want to setup a bunch of internet routers with various IP blocks allocated and then setup ISPs with "customers" and basically any type of lab that I create I'd connect to this fake internet and just grow it from there. This would be mostly all VMs but also a mix of physical stuff too. So it would need to do BGP at least and whatever else would be required for an internet router. It has to be lightweight enough that I can run like 10+ without needing that much horsepower. (they'd be idling most of the time and not passing any real traffic)

Some kind of traffic shaping or some kind of dslam emulation or something would be nice too (this can be a separate distro/software), not really sure how I'd do this part but basically I'd want to be able to rate limit each "customer" (which would ahve it's own router, pfsense etc) to various speeds. Could come in handy if I want to test say, a p2p application.

There's quite a lot of distros out there if I google for this, so just curious what suggestions people have to make.
 
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Pfsense is a router but it is BSD based. It is plug & play and I have installed several pfsense boxes running on Atom boards. But also in a VM as part of a server setup.

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Old 01-27-2015, 07:22 AM   #3
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pfsense is more of a firewall though. Looking more for something that would do routing protocols and such and no NAT. Was thinking Freesco or similar.
 
Old 01-28-2015, 07:09 PM   #4
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Might look at the choices at Distrowatch for more choices.

A few of the appliances you may find also will be available in a virtual machine.

Not sure what all you need but there are software versions of some routers too that might interest your testing.
 
  


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