The computer hardware hall of fame

From mainframes and minis to PCs and PDAs, our picks for the greatest, most enduring computer hardware of all time.

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Cisco PIX 515 (1995)



It's been a long time since Cisco acquired Network Translation and pushed PIX (Private Internet Exchange) into the limelight, which helped popularize NAT (network address translation) and eliminated the worry that the world would run out of IP addresses. As the standard-bearer of Cisco's network security strategy for the better part of a decade, the PIX line was replaced by Cisco's ASA security appliances, which are bigger, better, and faster. Many original PIX 515s are still running, sporting 233-MHz Pentium II CPUs and 32MB of RAM.

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