Setup ssh and vpn router from home: suggestions/help
Okay, I have been reading the Network forum for a while now. Search, editing my search query, searching again. I know this is out there but I just can't find it.
So I apologize if this has been beaten to death already. If someone knows the forum thread I should be reading please point me in that direction.
With that said, here is what I'm trying to do:
I've recently inherited a rather heavily used Dell Inspiron 4000 laptop. The system works fine but has quirks that make it unfit for use as a laptop. However, I thought I could use it as an internal router to my home LAN.
This is what I'm envisioning:
So from the outside I SSH to my IP address.
The netgear router forwards the request to the dell laptop.
If the SSH request is from an "approved" source (correct username, mac address, other security concerns not yet known, etc..) laptop routes request to the correct machine on the LAN.
I'd also like to use this setup for a linux vpn server (if it's possible, I'm a networking noobie).
I know how to do port forwarding on the router so it's easy to point incoming SSH requests to the laptop. What I'm not sure about is:
1) Is the dell laptop necessary or is it redundant?
2) Is it more secure to use this laptop?
3) What distribution of linux should I install on the dell? Smoothwall? or Slackware 10.1? Other distributions?
I think I can install and configure the vpn server via POPTOP (The LQ tutorial on how to do it in Slackware is quite clear) but I don't know if it is necessary if I use smoothwall linux.
All help is appreciated.
I hope I haven't re-invented the wheel with this post. If I have I'm sorry.