[SATLUG] Home network
satlug at net153.net
Wed Apr 2 13:13:53 CDT 2008
Justin Burdette wrote:
> I finally decided it was time to upgrade my home network. I'm adding in
> wifi, and I'm also buying a couple of small form factor Dell units (P3) to
> run as firewall, web server, DHCP, etc...
> I'm trying to figure out what distro would be the best for these
> applications. What I'd prefer is something that I can log into from my main
> PC (using OpenSUSE 10.3, probably through rdesktop or something like it) as
> these machines won't have a monitor/keyboard/mouse attached. I'd like to be
> able to run a basic GUI...no need for GNOME or KDE, but will probably go
> with Fluxbox.
> My next question, which I shouldn't even have to ask, but I haven't done
> mixed networks in so long that I've forgotten how. What I would like to do
> is run all of my wired units with static IP addresses and have DHCP assign
> addresses for wifi connections and wired machines that I'm working on for
> customers. The Linksys I have doesn't seem to like static IPs when its DHCP
> is enabled...it was set to assign in the 192.168.1.100-150 range and I
> couldn't do anything with my static IP of 192.168.1.50. Is there an easy way
> to set this up on a Linux DHCP server?
> Last question...I presume the firewall box should do strictly that, no DHCP,
> Apache, FTP server, etc...correct? A P3 system with enough RAM and swap
> should be able to handle the other services, yes?
> Thanks again...always great to have a group of people to bounce ideas around
> with. Maybe next time I can make it to the meeting, too!
I have been hooked on smoothwall for about 5 years now:
Version 3.0 is out now but I am still using version 2 as it has more
mods and requires less resources. You really only need a 300mhz 256mb
box to run this. The advantage I see of smoothwall over a linksys is
you just have more power to play with. You can do full content
filtering/blocking for web and email, (linksys can do that too but in a
much more simple manor). Easily have 4 nics and 4 separate networks.
The Squid web caching is nice and a FULL featured QOS/traffic shaping
mod is also nice. And you also have huge choice of all kinds of traffic
and content monitoring services. Yes you could install a traditional os
and install all of these programs your self but then you have to figure
out how to interface it all into a web configuration page unless you
want to do everything from ssh but then you cant have pretty web based
traffic graphs and stuff.
The linksys are nice, but I just can't separate myself from all the
power that I have with a full fledged firewall distro.
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