[thelist] Networks, webservers, file servers, etc.

Robert Gormley robert at pennyonthesidewalk.com
Tue May 2 20:21:57 CDT 2006


> -----Original Message-----

> > I am not sure that you need to use a separate computer as a
> firewall/router. I would personally trust a Linksys 
> firewall/router. You can find several that have NAT and 
> packet inspection along with logs that should keep both your 
> network and your web server safe. And they are much cheaper 
> then a computer. On the other hand, I have used old pentiums 
> and even a 486 once as a router/firewall running smoothwall.

Particularly the WRT54 series from Linksys, with something like the DD
WRT firmware - the Wiki for which shows you step by step how to use a
Windows GUI firewall builder which can then be compiled on the router.

Alternatively, and even more simply, the firmware by default does Layer
7 filtering (as well as lower) so you can do this, too


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