Can a Raspberry PI be used as a firewall?

By ctheroux1 Comment

Raspberry PI Model B

Can a Raspberry PI be used as a firewall? This question comes back often. Well, I have tested it. The test conditions are:

  • a Raspberry PI Model B (256MB of RAM)
  • a USB to Ethernet wired interface. 100 Mbits/sec.
  • Raspian (May 2015) as the OS.
  • My Internet connection is 30 Mbits/sec. for download, 10 Mbits/sec. for the uploadĀ speed.
  • www.speedtest.net has been used to carry the speed tests.

The answer is NO. I got a download speed of about 30 MBits/sec. Using a PC as the firewall with a similar setup, I achieved around 32 MBits/sec. While doing the download test, the CPU usage was 100% while being 20% for the upload test. Memory was not an issue with about 165 MB free.

I would certainly use this Raspberry PI as a firewall for an Internet connection of 20-20 Mbits/sec. or less.

A similar test will soon be performed using a Raspberry PI 2.

Networking, Raspberry PI, Wheezy

One Comment to “Can a Raspberry PI be used as a firewall?”

  1. […] throughput achieved was 33 Mbits/sec under the same test conditions as the previous test (see Can A Raspberry PI Be Used As A Firewall? for more details). The CPU usage was about 5% during the download test. The CPU usage was around 2% […]

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