experience with multi-port NIC for network sim?
I want to do some network simulation and testing using a group of routers and switches, and in lieu of using a bunch of workstations to setup as clients/servers, I was considering the possibility of using a multiport NIC, or maybe a few NIC's on one PC, and then placing them all on different subnets for their respective locations on the network. I might end up using a mix of BSD/Linux/MS as well.
I considered also using USB-to-Ethernet adapters (increasing the number of possible hosts by quite a bit) but wasn't sure how well this would scale (or work at all). USB-to-Ethernet play well w/ BSD/Linux?
I suppose there maybe some setup considerations, mapping various server instances to their respective port(s).
Basically, I want to make the entire physical foot print (and power consumption) as small as possible, not to mention remove the need for a large number of workstations all of which introduce reliability issues (and noise, and heat).
USB-to-Ethernet can be had on the cheap, so I'd really like to go that route.
Anyone here done such a thing? This will be my CCNP toy.
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