building a router/firewall
mike at dev-zero.net
Thu Mar 4 14:39:02 MST 2010
Joe C wrote:
> One small problem with that distro for the computer I'm supposed to do
> this with. it is only "Intel Pentium 3 733 Mhz, 512 MB RAM" which
> doesn't even meet the minimum requirements for 1-50 computers which is
> the range we are at right now.
> For those suggesting openWRT & DD-WRT I can't stand the idea of
> wasting that much HDD space. I'd rather run a full OS so I can have
> more features if I need to install one.
even with a 'full OS', i'm guessing there is only going to be a couple
hundred MB of space used (unless you're installing a GUI). and a lot of
functionality can be fit in that couple hundred MB. unless you're
planning on doing something else like running a file server, most of the
space is going to go unused anyways. so why not use something that is
meant to act run as a router? openwrt and dd-wrt do great at that.
openwrt has a surprisingly large amount of packages available for it.
stuff like asterisk, samba, openvpn, various routing tools, and more.
http://downloads.openwrt.org/snapshots/trunk/x86/packages/ is a list of
whats available in the snapshots. using it also gives you a nice web ui
for controlling the core functionality.
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