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Old 10-29-2005, 02:39 AM   #1
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Wireless-2-wired routing question

I have a problem. I have a wireless NIC which is not yet supported by most of the preferred Linux Distributions which are focused on acting as a router/gateway. Thus, I need to find a stable yet alternative method of getting my laptop networked with my LAN.

My current gateway is run under Smoothwall. (I have checked Monowall out and was on the verge of moving over until I found out that this driver: rt2500 is unsupported). My server is run under Fedora Core 2 through the DMZ. I am willing to take the security risk of hooking my wireless setup through my server, so it can filter through Smoothwall; thus allowing LAN access for my laptop. However, this would require me to do some changes in my server and I have a few questions in regards to just that:

My server is currently hooked up to the gateway with only one NIC. Assuming I install the Wireless NIC and use routing services to forward packets from the Wireless to the Wired (DMZ Connection), would this in turn cause problems for the server to access the web independently and cause problems for others from the WAN to access the server as an http & FTP server independently?

If so, what would be suggested to accomplish this goal?

If not, could someone recommend the best How-To on doing this please?
Old 11-06-2005, 11:31 AM   #2
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There should be no problem connecting the wireless device directly to the server as long as you secure the connection.
You will probably find a driver in the FC3 or FC4 packages, and also with some careful use of iptables, make an excellent firewall between the two.

It is recommended to only allow VPN connections through the wireless device if it's direct to the server. PPTP is an easy protocol to setup, PopTop under Linux. port 1723 and protocol 47.


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