Today, I am going to review an interesting, small Mikrotik firewall: the RouterBOARD 750 GL, or RB750GL for friends. This little appliance, albeit low-cost, pack a quite high number of features thanks to the use of RouterOS (a Linux-based OS) version 5. Here you can read the full product specifications: http://routerboard.com/RB750GL
In short, we are dealing with a 400 MHz MIPS-based appliance that boost 5 Gigabit Ethernet port and support for some advanced stuff like QoS, packet queues, Layer7 filtering and string / regular expression matching. Its feature list become even more impressive when you think about its suggested price: at about 60$, it can be a real best-seller.
However, official specification, for both features and performance, should be verified on real world test and under realistic workload. For this very reason, I am going to test the performance of our hero in some common, networked-related tasks. So, lets go to next page to describe testing methodologies.