Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Electrical Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar

Second Advisor

Dr. Jun Peng

Third Advisor

Dr. Weidong Kuang


Recently many of the devices that create a computer network offer security to help protect networks from hackers, such as computers, servers, firewalls and even routers. In most cases when protecting a network from hackers having more security is not always the best, because the more resources of the device is used by the security in inspecting connections, and it can compromise performance of the network.

This thesis investigates performance benefit of having security on a router and its impact on the connection rate of the network when it is under security attacks. In this thesis, different security features and configurations offered by the router are tested to see how they affect the connection rate of the network under different security attacks, and compare with the benchmark network performance when there was no security used at all in the router.


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