Originally Posted by ralvez
I have used an old Pentium (yup, plain old Pentium) that I had put away because it was too old to be of "any use".
Put two NIC cards and Smoothwall on it and... works like a charm!! In fact it has been working for over 5 years (non stop) and gives me no problems.
My point is ... you do not need to buy a new machine for a firewall, just get an older machine (for almost nothing) and away you go.
Hope this helps.
Actually, this is what I have been using. I used to have an old Celeron 900 MHz box as a firewall but it was old and something on it broke (probably memory or motherboard) so now all it does is crashes. The 900 MHz box had enough power to do encryption well but I'm not sure about the 266 MHz box they had, and a Pentium is definitely too slow.
And besides, I'd like something that doesn't convert my expensive electricity to heat