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DeadMeat
12-30-2002, 04:54 PM
well just wondering. my question is on the topic.

well not really :P

TheRogue
12-31-2002, 10:51 AM
both, put a *nix based OS onto a dedicated box!

xMerCLorDx
01-01-2003, 09:07 PM
i concur





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caffeine20
01-07-2003, 07:37 AM
most routers only block incoming traffic so it is a good idea to use a software firewall which blocks outgoing packets.

some firewalls dont block outgoing packets so get the right one.

example windows doesnt block outgoing packets.

Arun
01-08-2003, 01:47 AM
Hardware fw doesn't affect the bandwidth compared to the software fw. You can get a hardware firewall for 50$ and a norton soft fw for 70$ so the cost is much cheaper with the hardware ones[no all are 50$ bt you will have most of the stuffs to secure a home]
Sw fws consumes memory processor speed and bandwidth
Hw fws are seperate device so they dont consume mem or pro

TheRogue
01-08-2003, 02:18 AM
or, goto a comp sale, and get a 486 - P2 200 for less than $50, download ipcop/softwall or any other linux based os (those 2 are special firewall ones) for total of $0

throw in a couple of eth cards (less than $15 each), boom, dedicated box with software firewall

ipcop/softwall (i think thats the name, its early atm) is easy for anyone to use

xMerCLorDx
01-08-2003, 08:56 AM
Do what rogue said and pick up an old junker comp with two NICs in it, then install this:


http://www.zelow.no/floppyfw/

TheRogue
01-08-2003, 11:11 AM
i couldn't remember the name of FFW this morning, thanks ;)

xMerCLorDx
01-08-2003, 05:01 PM
yep yep!

CiKoTiC
01-08-2003, 05:20 PM
Very true... nowadays one could build their own HW firewall for next to nothing. Plus, it's good expierence doing it.

TheRogue
01-10-2003, 11:17 AM
its smoothwall not softwall btw :)

Bear
01-27-2003, 08:16 PM
or, goto a comp sale, and get a 486 - P2 200 for less than $50, download ipcop/softwall or any other linux based os (those 2 are special firewall ones) for total of $0

throw in a couple of eth cards (less than $15 each), boom, dedicated box with software firewall

ipcop/softwall (i think thats the name, its early atm) is easy for anyone to use

I agree and have been using floppyfw for over a year now
firewall/router/DHCP/DNS and logs on to my ADSL
Just great :) (http://www.zelow.no/floppyfw/
)