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Old 11-04-2003, 08:08 AM   #1
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Laptop as internet server / firewall / router?


Greetings to all here !

I'd like to ask this question before I start and attempt to accomplish this. I'm a complete Linux-newbie and I started with Slackware because I hear that's the way to go if you want to really learn Linux.

Is it possible to set up my Toshiba laptop as a server so my other 2 PC's can connect to the internet through it? I have an ADSL line with a USB-modem, a switch and one PCIMCIA network card in the laptop. Is this enough hardware to set up a thing like that?
 
Old 11-04-2003, 10:49 AM   #2
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Re: Laptop as internet server / firewall / router?

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Is it possible to set up my Toshiba laptop as a server so my other 2 PC's can connect to the internet through it? I have an ADSL line with a USB-modem, a switch and one PCIMCIA network card in the laptop. Is this enough hardware to set up a thing like that?
yup, it's possible and as the ADSL Modem is USB no secondary network card is needed. However you might check http://www.linux-usb.org whether Linux already supports that modem.
 
Old 11-04-2003, 11:02 AM   #3
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Great! Thanks your the answer, Misel.

I found a driver for my modem (Topcom Webracer 850) at flashtux.org.
 
Old 11-04-2003, 08:09 PM   #4
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It's not only possible but a great idea. I've run my laptop as a temp server when my main server was down and it ran really really nice. It was also compact and would fit just about anywhere (under the sink, bathroom, under the couch...)
 
Old 11-05-2003, 01:01 AM   #5
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Yeah, I also like the idea of it not taking in the whole living room. It will take me some time to get it going though. I'm first trying to learn some general usage of Slackware and compliling a custom kernel and so forth. Not with too much success so far One of my main problems is that I don't know what is where, and what does what. I gotto get rid of the Windows-habbit I was thinking of buying the book "A practical guide to Linux" by Sobell, Mark G. Anyone know this one, or some other book that would be good with the basic understanding how Linux is put together?

One more thing: my laptop is a Toshiba with a 400Mhz Celeron and 192Mb RAM. Will this be enough for "serving"?

Cheers !
 
Old 11-05-2003, 01:01 AM   #6
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And the great thing about laptops is they have a built-in uninteruptible power supply. I have on OOOLLLDDDDD toshiba with a cracked screen that I'm using for this, now. It's perfect for it since with the broken screen, I can't use it for anything else ;-)

Enjoy!
--- Cerbere
 
Old 11-05-2003, 01:06 AM   #7
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Check out this book online, and if you like it, buy it.

http://www.icon.co.za/~psheer/rute-home.html

It's a great reference for Linux.

Enjoy!
--- Cerbere

[edit] And of course, be sure to go to the Linux Documentation Project[/edit]

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