Easy linux firewall



So, you need a firewall for your growing home network (or small business), don’t want to lay out a couple hundred dollars (or even 1 hundred dollars), what do you do? Give up and let the world in? No. There are a few good options, one I’ll mention today is Coyote linux. This is a popular floppy sized firewall boot disk. One of the real charms of this is that it’s minimum hardware requirement is a 486DX/25 or better processor and 12MB of memory.


Excuse me, is this 2005? I thought everything needed more than that. Well, NO. If a firewall could be designed 10 eyars ago that needed a 486, then it can be today. Yes, your ancient PC sitting in the corner as a support for that new printer can be put to good use. For that matter, if your concerned about hardware failures, early Pentium based machines are worth so little you could probably pick up some for free if you find the right places.

Now, you’ll need a video card in the firewall as well as a floppy drive, but no hard drive or cdrom is necessary for this, so they can be pulled out if you like. Also, you will likely need two network cards (one to interface with your LAN, the other to talk to the outside world.) Of course, if you have something other than Cable or DSL, there are other options.

The company that maintains coyote has other product offerings that are non-free, but coyote is a free download and has a wizard to create a boot disk either under windows or linux. It can be administered through SSH or a web interface and the toughest problem these days might be finding a floppy disk to install it on.

It can be downloaded here (no bittorrent or p2p needed as it’s a small download)

A good resource for add-ons such as:
” IPTraf – Traffic Monitoring
FTP Client
Dynamic DNS Update
Cron
Sending e-mail
Full Remote Backup
Hdparm
Tinyproxy
Printer Sharing
SCP
Wake Up On Lan
SSH Client”
or the ability to put it on different media, or different hardware support, or just support documents in general can be found here

Related Posts

Blog Traffic Exchange Related Posts
  • More linux software raid fun OK, I know there are probably quite a few looking at this thinking.... "Hello where has he been?" when I'm talking about playing around with software raid under ubuntu linux, but.... in spite of all I've done supporting desktop systems and even small business servers I've never had an opportunity......
  • VNC or Tightvnc for remote pc access I was surprised to do a search and find that I haven't mentioned tightvnc before (or even merely VNC as a useful tool.) Ok - here's the scenario, you need a way to get remote pc access, or remotely view a desktop, maybe it's a Windows machine and you're using......
  • Ultravnc for remote computer support A little while back I talked some about TightVNC which for a long time has been my favorite implementation of a remote framebuffer, or remote desktop viewing protocol known as VNC (Virtual Network Computing.) The original VNC (now realvnc) came out of AT&T research labs in the UK and has......
Blog Traffic Exchange Related Websites
  • What Is A Cloud Virtual Server Solution And How Will It Work? In recent years, cloud computing has seen more and more use. It offers new options for storing files and using the web and serves the base for many a social networking site. Internet use and communication have become much easier with the use of a cloud virtual server. The name......
  • Trojan Horse Protection - Antivirus Trojan Software In today’s online environment it’s important to know what risks lie ahead at each click. This paper will describe so of the malicious kinds of attacks your Home/Office PC may encounter online. Now I’m sure we have all heard of Viruses online and some of you have heard of Trojans.......
  • Salute to Our Veterans Today being Veteran's Day, Mr. ToughMoneyLove wants to express his gratitude to all of those who have served and are now serving our country in the military.   My older brother served in the Navy during the Vietnam War.  My father also served in the Navy during WWII.  My grandfather owned......
www.pdf24.org    Send article as PDF   

Similar Posts


See what happened this day in history from either BBC Wikipedia
Search:
Keywords:
Amazon Logo

Comments are closed.


Switch to our mobile site