Originally posted by richiet
I'll look into the firewall.
I do have a network card (which I removed in case it was interfering), so the final option may be a router.
Theres many things that I've bought for my system Richard, but the modem/router device is the one thats been the best buy.
Although the device (linked in the p.s. of my previous post) is now no longer made, it came from solwise
. When I got it (3 or so years ago now) it configured for windows out of the box - I did have to ring them (they're in Hull) to get it set up under linux - I knew absolutely nothing about IP/routers/networking etc (I don't know much more now
) - but the bloke at their tech department talked my through it over the phone - it took forever - all of about 3 minutes
and since then it's been bloody brilliant.
They also run their own forums for ease of contact for questions etc.
I notice that they have one for about £25 if you want basic i.e. 1 port - you can get a hub later if need be or pay a bit more for multiport models.
As for possible firewall problems, all distros seem to come with IP tables. Though they can be a mega pain - you can use a graphic frontend like guarddog or firestarter - if it (your distro) is using shorewall, well that was the one that I had major probs learning/setting up ages ago. Though look at the router/modem devices spec, most of 'em have internal hardware firewalls.