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Old 11-17-2013, 06:38 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Building a Linux Network Appliance

I have been all over the net and finally found a site you folks might like:

You know, for about 25 years Windows has served me well, but I am now a confirmed Linux guy. Time to move on.

For the past few weeks I have reviewed virtually every Gigabit ethernet router (No wireless, thank you) including a pretty sexy piece of equipment like the Habey BIS-6634

My conclusions, hopefully they will help: Ethernet routers are toys that offer a false sense of security and Network appliances can be built to your own specifications.

Question: Can anyone point me in the direction for more info and advice about "Building a Linux Network Appliance"

Thanks, and All the Best to the Best Darned Forum on the net! ( and


Oh, and yes I am reading all the "Click Here to Find Similar Threads"
Old 11-18-2013, 12:11 PM   #2
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A lot depends on what you intend the appliance to do. Basic routing and firewalling is relatively simple.

I found this here which is older, but still applies for the most part.

If you look near the bottom someone recommends using webmin for a gui for this stuff. I've used it on some hosted machines and it's nice enough, just be careful you can only access it from the internal nic port

There are also a couple open source firmware projects which you could use if you want (can always disable the wireless) to re-use a small hardware device rather than building a micro-atx system yourself should you have it laying around.

EDIT: Looks like someone at the site you mentioned is doing a weekly series:

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