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    Anyone running a smoothwall system?

    I am thinking of setting up a dedicated smoothwall pc for security at home, anyone have any advise on this?

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    what in devils name is that
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    www.smoothwall.org

    "Smoothwall is a secure operating system that converts a low powered PC into a firewall and vpn gateway. Smoothwall is web managed so no keyboard, monitor or mouse on the devide is needed. It features a fully logging firewall, dhcp server, ipdec vpn capabilities and alot of the time offering more features and a higher degree of security than many sub $3000.00 firewalls."

    I am thinking I could build this with some of my spare parts pretty quick!

    Mike

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    I'm building one of these at the moment, but I'm wrestling with network cards at the moment - I can't get it to recognise anything that I have!

    Still a work in progress.

    Specs of mine are (don't laugh):
    Pentium 60
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    It's a glorified printer stand!
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    Who's laughing? I think the whole idea really kicks ***... I have so many parts & pieces kicking around that I am thinking of putting together a system with a Pentium 150... Let me know if you get it going!

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    Well that was a waste of a couple of hours of my life.

    Installed, and setup the local NIC, only to find that I couldn't hit the box from anywhere else on the network.

    Had problems as both the ISA (yes, ISA!) network cards I had were identical, and wouldn't recognise both.

    I'll spend more time on it tomorrow - I've managed to source another Linux supported ISA card - and different to the NE2000 that I have, so that should help!

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    I've used lots of GPL firewall distros over the past few years, including Smoothwall, FreeSCO, Gnatbox, Coyotee and e-Smith and I've found that the best by far is ClarkConnect . The user base is very helpfull, and the software has evolved to include some great features (web, mail, FTP, print and other servers). When you open your free account (optional) you get free dynamic DNS pre-configured for you. It's built on RedHat 7.2, so it's easy to add on whatever you want (just add the RedHat RPM).
    I've ben using ClarkConnect for just over a year, and in that time there's been 4 or 5 new releases of the software, so they're constantly improving it. In a few days they are releasing version 1.0, so I'd suggest waiting until it's out before installing.
    Check out the Clark page, and let me know if you have any questions or run into any trouble installing it.

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    Astaro Security Linux is another good one... www.astaro.com for the software www.astaro.org for the EXCELLENT community support.

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    Wow, thanks guys... Another question... Will this provide more protection for my home network than the firewall built into my gateway (dlink di704)?

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    This would replace your gateway. If you used both your d-link gateway and a firewall PC, you would be running 2 firewalls and it would be a real mess to configure (lots of IP chains rules would be required).
    Both a PC configured as a gateway and a router like the d-link use NAT as the firewall, but PCs give more security (ie. statefull packet inspections) plus a lot more options (like the ability to run various services). For example, I've placed a large hard drive on my gateway PC, and I store all my MP3s on it. This way I have access to my MP3s from all my PCs since the gateway is always on. I've also opened up the SSH port on my gateway (low security risk since encrypted and uses security keys) so I can access my MP3 collection anywhere on the Internet using SCP (I use WinSCP which works with any SSH client without needing any additional configuration).
    All things considered, I think PCs provide more security and flexibility than gateway/router devices. If I were you, I'd sell the d-link gateway and use an old PC. Any old pentium with 32MB+ of RAM and a couple of NICs should do the job nicely.

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