How is throughput measured?



  • Question About https://store.pfsense.org/C2758/

    It says 941 Mbps max throughtput. Is that per port by any chance so 941x number of ports?
    I am trying to submit a comparison sheet of that device with one of the commercial firewalls.

    Can someone clarify how would I compare the throughput numbers to Cyberoam 100ING
    which according to their datasheet is as follows: https://www.cyberoam.com/downloads/datasheet/CyberoamCR100iNG.pdf

    System Performance*
    Firewall Throughput (UDP) (Mbps)
    8000

    Firewall Throughput (TCP) (Mbps)
    5000

    New sessions/second
    60000

    Concurrent sessions
    3,000,000

    IPSec VPN Throughput (Mbps)
    1050

    No. of IPSec Tunnels
    4000

    SSL VPN Throughput (Mbps)
    400

    WAF Protected Throughput (Mbps)
    700

    Anti-Virus Throughput (Mbps)
    2200

    IPS Throughput (Mbps)
    2200

    UTM Throughput (Mbps) 
    1050

    Can anyone recommend a way to compare them? The pfsense numbers seem really low But I might be missing something.



  • Thing is, those numbers usually represent top throughput when the firewall is not doing anything else.

    See that asterisk you copied? You forgot the footnotes:

    *Antivirus, IPS and UTM performance is measured based on HTTP traffic as per RFC 3511 guidelines. Actual performance may vary depending on the real network traffic environments.

    Ex: Don't expect to see 400mbps of SSL VPN while 2200mbps of IPS or AntiVirus.

    Testing methodology:
    https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc3511



  • What About https://store.pfsense.org/C2758/ ? How much throughput would it theoretically provide at 100% CPU (assuming we send traffic from all 8 ports simultaneously)



  • @YQ:

    What About https://store.pfsense.org/C2758/ ? How much throughput would it theoretically provide at 100% CPU (assuming we send traffic from all 8 ports simultaneously)

    That's a 4 port device, not 8, if I'm not mistaken.  I believe the stated throughput is between any 2 ports in a single direction.  That's the max that could be expected of any 1Gbps port.  I'd expect the total throughput, say if you were routing between port 1 and 2 and again between 3 and 4, to be somewhat higher, but I can't say with any degree of certainty.



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