The 3rd LINX router modelled by @neilmcrae and Keith Mitchell #LINX85

So you think you know your routers? This SPARCstation, chain.demon.co.uk,  was LINX’s 3rd router installed at Demon in Finchley (AS2529) in 1994. Before most of today’s ISPs were a twinkling of a Microsoft egg timer.

The SPARCstation is modelled by Keith Mitchel and Neil McRae who I realise don’t look old enough to remember those days but you would be wrong:)

The lads might be able to enlighten us re the throughput capability and route capacity of this box. It would be a far cry from the 100Mbps 100Gbps toys that Neil plays with nowadays at BT. It probably didn’t need to support more than 20 routes!

Neil is holding the router, Keith has the cup of tea. Note that the box is being held higher up than the cup of tea. That’s in case Keith drops the cup – safety in mind.:)

One also wonders at which point racks were standardised at the U dimensions they have today. Many an ISP had rows of tower PCs stood on metal shelves. Of course U’s these days are often Virtual.

linx85 keith neil

SPARCstation IPX

Enjoy this article? Please share it with your friends.

share on Facebookshare on LinkedInshare on Twittershare on Google4share on Comments
  1. Trefor Davies Trefor Davies

    10k routes btw

  2. Euan Galloway

    Neil gets to play with “100Mbps toys at BT”?
    I imagine his phone can do more than that.
    (Mindless pedantry on the internet? Not me!)

  3. Trefor Davies Trefor Davies

    Ahem yes thanks Euan. I’ve changed it to Gbps.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*