Avoiding natd overhead
- From: Brett Glass <brett@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 21 Oct 2006 00:47:54 -0600
I'm working with a FreeBSD-based router that's using IPFW for policy routing, traffic shaping, and transparent proxying and natd for network address translation. IPFW does these things pretty well (in fact, I don't know if another firewall, like pf, could even do some of these things I'm doing with IPFW), but natd is by far the most CPU-intensive process on the system and is causing it to crumple like a wet towel under heavy loads. How can I replace just the functionality of natd without moving to an entirely new firewall? Can I still select which packets are routed to the NAT engine, and when this occurs during the processing of the packet?
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