[Techtalk] BSD/Linux - firewall questions

Conor Daly conor.daly at oceanfree.net
Sun Nov 25 11:59:26 EST 2001

On Fri, Nov 23, 2001 at 10:38:11AM -0500 or so it is rumoured hereabouts, 
Michelle Murrain thought:
> At 04:48 PM 11/21/2001, jenn at simegen.com wrote:
> >Get a couple of cheap 486s, install one of the *BSDs with a built in 
> >firewall. (Ok, Linux can do it too.) Put one between your server and the 
> >Internet. Put the other between your server and the rest of your
> >home network.
> So - my plan is to create a DMZ, with 2 firewall boxes  - and the question 
> is, should I go Linux, BSD? And is a 486 truly enough to do the trick?

I'm running my firewall on a 486DX/66 w 16Mb RAM.  It runs ipchains/masq and
diald and connects via 56k dialup.  My only beef is that it takes about 90
seconds to bring up the firewall at each dialup (this is necessary since I
get a different IP each time I connect).  Otherwise it seems to behave
just fine.  The ipmasq or the firewall HOWTO (don't remember which) claims
to have had, IIRC, an old 386 w 4Mb keep a T1 full (or maybe it was a

Conor Daly <conor.daly at oceanfree.net>

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