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Old 10-04-2003, 11:01 AM   #1
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IBM Thinkpad as router and firewall

I have a few questions for anyone who might be able to help.

I am about to have a Broadband connection setup and want to be able to run my XP workstations (2 in total) through my old Thinkpad 600e setup to act as a firewall and connection manager for my BB.

Questions, is this doable? What flavour linux is going to give me a secure, adaptable security sollution. How can I port it to a nice GUI (I'd like to be able to manage my clients and their sharring whilst also being able to watch which services are running at various ports, trace incomming packets and so on). Is SAMBA going to be playing a part in this conectivity sollution. Oh yeah and how about configuring those USB adsl modems (alctel i think).

Any feedback suggestions would be much appreciated. In return I will document my attempts at setting up this network and make my findings, sollutions and any dev code available to the OSS community.

Old 10-04-2003, 11:16 AM   #2
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search this forum on firewalls
several interesting discussions on firewalls and linux this very morning

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Old 10-04-2003, 01:17 PM   #3
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Soz ignore thread should have STFW

Found several flavours of linux that look like they'll do the trick. Going to play about with Smoothwall for a while see where it gets me.

I'll post a report on how it all goes for future reference.
Old 10-07-2003, 07:48 AM   #4
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yes it is doable...

I have an 600 i run mandrake 9.1 it works great.. two pcmcia cards work fine.. even the screen is broke, so i plug it into a monitor.. here are the specs

ibm 600
128mg ram
6gig hdd

just use the 'sharing internet' service.. and the rest is taken care of by itself...

its been running since november of last year... with no downtime..


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