Linux Box w/ 2 NICs and passive firewall?
Here is my basic network config:
Cable Modem connected to router/fw/ip phone connected to 10/100 switch
Linux Server w/ RH9.0
10/100 NIC connects to switch
Various Windows machines
10/100 NICs connecting to switch.
PowerMac G5 machine
Gigabit NIC connecting to switch. (throttled down to 100Mb/s)
My basic goal is to increase the performance between the PowerMac and Linux Server w/ Gigabit ethernet. I purchased a gigabit ethernet card to put in the Linux server, but I'm too cheap to upgrade all my switch equipment to gigabit.
My intention is to add this new giga-NIC to the linux server, such that the existing 10/100 NIC is the server's connection to the entire network (and therefore the internet) through my switch.
The new giga-NIC will be a dedicated connection to my PowerMac G5, giving me a very fast connection between those two computers.
I would like the Linux server to simply pass all traffic not destined for the server itself out over the 10/100 card to the rest of the network. So I guess I want the linux box to appear as a simple hub, bridging my 10/100 network to the Mac via gigabit ethernet.
If anyone has any advice on setting up multiple NICs in a RH9.0 machine in such a manner I would appreciate your insight.