March 27th, 2006

update, gigabit router?

I worked a few night shifts. Tomorrow I need to be at work an hour earlier than usual, but I slept 7.5 hours today after a night shift, and I'm not tired yet. Bleh.

Geeky stuff follows.

I had a neat idea, cobbled together from a few other ideas. I could build the old computer (the PC, not the Sun) into a gigabit intelligent router/file server for home.

The main problem I see with that is that I have 3 or possibly 4 PCI slots I could use for network cards. I remembered those come in 4-ports-per-card versions, but in Gigabit those are still $5k! Fortunately, I found dual Gigabit cards, refurbished, for $95 each. That would give me 6 or 8 ports, plenty.

Alternately, I could output to a gigabit switch and get away with just two standard Gigabit cards.

An intelligent router could do nifty things with our home network, and a fast one would allow very nice speeds for filesharing large files.

Any thoughts?
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It might be a figment of my dazed brain, from the two night shifts and then the switch back to early morning, but I think I just ran into a familiar character at 7-11. I stopped in to use the ATM to get cash for Top Dog on the way home from work, and there he was.

This is a guy who used to do this whole 7-11 employee shtick, with an Indian accent, and now he's actually working at 7-11.

Naw, must have been my imagination. I think I'll turn in early tonight.
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