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Old 08-19-2004, 01:07 PM   #1
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PS2 + old pentium router + broadband hardware

I've recently found that I can now recieve broadband in my area (BT landline) and just wanted to ask a few questions.
I know quite a bit about computers but never got into the networking side of it, apart from a modem and phone line.

I'd like to know if I can use an old P166 as a router? to connect my main PC and Playstation 2 to.

if so, what would be the best distro to use for such an old machine.
if not, what minimum specs would I need, and what distro?

Also, the broadband company I want to use charge 70 for a usb modem. So I'd rather buy parts off ebay or something.
What hardware will I need and what type? network cards etc

Im not looking for really indepth answers on how to set router up etc, more of a simple guide....


ps wasnt sure which forum this should have been in. Appologies if it should be in networking
Old 08-19-2004, 01:53 PM   #2
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You'll need three nics to do it, one for the connection to the broadband modem and one for each device that will connect to the router. That's probably about $40 if you don't already have them. IMHO you can get one of those nice five port routers from linksys for not much more and it will save you a ton of time in setting up. That would leave your P2 box which you could set up as a file server for doing network backups which you could connect and network through the router.
There are many distros that run off a floppy which are designed to be used to convert old PCs to router/firewalls if you want to go that route. But routers are so cheap now I wouldn't bother unless your just interested in the project as a learning experience. I think you would probably learn more about networking by setting up the P2 as a file server for your little network and the thing has a hard drive so why not use it.


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