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Firewalls size

What is the difference, if any, between a hardware firewall that is 1 Gig as opposed to a firewall that is 100 Megs?

Does the 1 Gig signify that traffic load, at any one time, cannot exceed 1 Gig?

Shaq in Miami
Monday, July 12, 2004

Surely it's a representation of speed rather than size, i.e. 100Mbps/1Gbps.

Duncan Smart
Monday, July 12, 2004

I imagine it signifies the bandwidth of the inbuilt network interface - 100Mbps indicates 100baseT, 1Gbps would indicate 1000baseT. So a 1Gbps firewall can take a gigabit ethernet connection and (presumably) handle packets up to that capacity.

Neil Hewitt
Monday, July 12, 2004

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