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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2005 5:34 pm    Post subject: Using gentoo as a router? Reply with quote

I've got an old P2 machine, which I've put 3 Zonet ZEN3200 10/100 Ethernet cards in. I want to use it to replace the BEFSR41 that I currently use as a router. (I'd still use the BEFSR41 as a switch.) I also want to segment the network into 2 LANs with limited communication between the 2. Would gentoo be a good choice for this?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2005 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

why gentoo? if you want Linux as router just use fl4l
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2005 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

link please? Goggle for fl4l does little good.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2005 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ups sorry, it was the wrong name, the linxu is called : fli4l

http://www.fli4l.de/ ( german )

http://www.fli4l.de/e_index.htm ( English )
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2005 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I originally put Gentoo on my Firewall/Router, but found it was more work than what I really needed.
If you're looking for the ultimate in configuration and personalization I would go Gentoo.

If you just want to be up running fast and efficiently, I would suggest www.clarkconnect.com

I switched to www.clarkconnect.com which setups up much faster and is really easy to administer.
This includes a nice GUI to the firewall and all services including DHCP, DNS, Samba, Apache, FTP, you name it.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2005 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What about OpenBSD?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2005 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You may want to try IPCop.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2005 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gentoo works for me, but then that's mainly because I find it less effort to do the thing with gentoo than to learn another system. If you do it that way, Shorewall is pretty nice for iptables configuration, and has example configs for several of the common uses.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2005 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lechium wrote:
What about OpenBSD?

I agree. It's easier to install, PF >> iptables, and the documentation is better.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2005 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've used LEAF (Linux Embedded Appliance Firewall) many many times on low end machines. REALLY low end machines. It's all CLI but you can install Weblet if you want a GUI. I suggest the Bering-uCLibc "Branch". It runs directly from a read-only floppy or a CD so if you get "rooted" all you need to do is reboot and it's clean again. I currently have several of these routers set up for my small business clients and a few residential customers s. They all run on old fanless pentium/133's so their really quiet and have no HD and only 32 megs of ram. They do NAT and have a caching DNS server. You can easily add SNMP, DHCP, NTPD, SSHD, SNORT, SFTP a web server and a ton of other stuff with a minimal learning curve. It even supports internet routing protocols like RIP and OSPF if you want to get extreme. For small LAN's of less than 10-15 segments I have used these in place of dedicated hardware routers and they have never let me down.

http://leaf.sourceforge.net/
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