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Old 02-21-2004, 02:08 AM   #1
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Linux As Router

does anyone know any good "how to's" for setting up a linux distro as a router? I have not had any experince re-compiling the kernel either. Also what basic distro do most people suggest to use for a small, 150mhz computer to use as a router? Thanks
Old 02-21-2004, 02:57 AM   #2
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If you want a linux "router", take a look at IPcop. This is a linux distro which comes with the very basic kernel and then uses iptables for the actual router. The cool thing is that IPcop comes as turnkey solution firwall router. You grab that 150mhz pc that you have. Pop in either 2 or 3 network cards. You know 1 card for Internet interface, 2nd for DMZ, 3rd for internal network. You could also just do 1 and 3 if you dont want a DMZ. But anyways if you are looking for somthing right out of the box but that is also ver customizable. Take a look at IPcop. I use it at my office and I have about 60 users and I run 11 servers. I have been running it for about 1 year now and it runs great. Like i said before, if you are just starting this software will work right out of the box and as you learn you can customize as you please. The website will have the iso image and all the documentation that you need, and best of all its free!
Old 02-21-2004, 03:14 AM   #3
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Well I took a look at the IPcop site, and it looks like exactly what I want. Thanks a lot. Maybe someday I can learn how to start from scratch and configure my own distro as a router...maybe. Hopefully anyone else who is looking to produce a cheap linux router will find this topic, since it provides a good solution. And a slight correction, the best thing about pretty much ANY linux software is that it's free. It makes computer literacy a bit less costly
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to start from scratch go read the IP MASQ howto ..


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