I am trying to set up my home network. I have finally got the dreaded BT Voyager 105 modem (USB) installed on my Mepis 3.3.1 box and am looking to leave it as the gateway pc. I've done a LOT of searching and have found a lot of info on firewall distros like ipcop/SmoothWall, server distros like clarkconnect yadda but what i want to do seeems a little bit different.
I want to set up a home network where all pcs can access the internet etc. I have looked up IPMASQ and it seems to be the equiv of windows ICS, acting as the router itself. This is what i had to do when i was using windows as the gateway pc. ICS was acting like a router and as such the hardware router was acting just like a switch. This isn't what i want.
Ideally i will one day buy an ethernet adsl modem so i can use the Belkin router i have that way, but for now, i want to use my linux box to connect to the internet using this naff usb modem they have given me, and then serve the router as though my linux box is just an ethernet modem.
IE Routers normally have x LAN ports, which ics would plug into and the router would be a switch. I want to be able to plug my linux box into the WAN port of the router, so it doesn't have routing tasks to deal with constantly, and would hopefully be more secure, and would hopefully save me what looks like ipmasq hell.
I realise this beats about the bush a bit, but i was just trying to ensure people understood what i was after.
Thanks a bunch, and if you can help, treating me like i know nothing will cause no offense