Originally Posted by frankbell
If you want to use it as a firewall/router, it's probably best to dedicate it to that purpose.
Yes definitely, let me elaborate further.
I want to build this pc strictly for this purpose. It's going to be running headless after initial setup and configuration. I want it low powered and quiet so it's not red flagged (by the woman of the house) due to some bright led's, annoying noises, and most importantly bringing up the electric bill. I plan to put this on the front lines to protect the various pc's and electronics behind it from danger.
Thank you for the Wiki article, it is very helpful.
@lleb, ipcop and ipfire look right up my alley. Distros like these seem to make all this so much easier. Are they more affective then applying my own rules via iptables?
Since applying this pc as a router would that rule out low power devices like the beagleboard, or rasberrypi?
To access this machine externally would ssh or vpn be more feasible?