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Looking for advice on setting up an old PC to act as a broadband router/firewall/storage facility for 2 HDDs.
I want to have the new PC as a dual boot between Windows XP home and either Suse or Cobind linux. However, I'm not confident enough to start tinkering with my modem (Speedtouch USB 330).
So, can I connect up the Speedtouch to the old PC, then use a crossover cable via both PCs Ethernet, and enjoy internet access throgh Suse???
Also, any hints and tips on setting the old PC up as purely a firewall/storage facility would be helpful. Is it easier to do this using Windows (dare I say in this forum, but bear in mind I'm a newbie!!!) or does Suse have better tools to do this.
Setting up an older computer to act as a router/firewall is relatively easy. The computer will require two NIC cards, probably one with a stic ip address and one dynamically thrown out by the ISP. The crossover cable idea is a good one. On the new computer set up the address of the older computer as the gateway. Make sure that the older computer will allow routing.
the modem I have (sppedtouch 330, details here)will plug into the router PC via a USB port. Can I then share the internet connection by taking a crossover cable out of the router PCs Ethernet and into the new PCs Ethernet?
Or, as I understand it, I need to install a NIC into the old PC as well?
Or.... would I be a lot better off trying to configure the Speedtouch for Linux - I understand you can do this but it involves tinkering with firmware etc, which I have downloaded from Thomson's site, but would need someone's help on th eforum to step through how to do.
Thanks for your info so far, it;s been really valuable! If I can get internet access sorted, I'll be a short step away to ditching Windows forever!!!!
If you'd like to turn your old computer into a firewall, in other words, its sole purpose is to act as a firewall/router, then I would recommend installing SmoothWall Express 2.0 onto it. http://www.smoothwall.org/get/ This is a linux distribution that turns a computer into a firewall/router, with web-based administration. I haven't tried it out myself, but from the documentation, screenshots, and other information, it seems to be pretty sweet.