I have three computers, two running WinXP and one Debian Sarge. My internet connection is a student village common LAN (controlled by university computers department), and I'm only allowed to connect one computer to it. So, now I'm thinking of setting the Debian system as a gateway/firewall and share the internet connection to the two XP computers. I have three 10/100 NICs in the Debian system for this, and one of course in each XP system.
I have very little experience in networks, and in Linux so I'm going to do a lot of reading and need a lot of help. So here's some questions..
1. First off - is Debian good for this kind of configuration, or do you recommend some other distribution?
2. In the student village networking manual they warn that if any DHCP-services are sent to the student network, they will immediately close my connection and possibly press charges for "obstruction of data communication" (loose translation, not sure what the terms are in english). How can I be ABSOLUTELY sure this doesn't happen?
The manual states that building internal LAN's and sharing the connection IS allowed.
3. Should I use this IPTables thingamajig or what? As far as I've understood, with IPTables I can control the incoming and outgoing traffic quite freely, but it seems very complicated, and as a Windows-user I'm not very fond of long scripts and lots of command-line parameters.
HUGE thanks for any answers!