Jay Maynard (jmaynard) wrote,
Jay Maynard

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New firewall hardware

I picked up two Compaq Deskpro ENS PII/450 small-form-factor PCs off eBay, and then added a dual-port 10/100 NIC to each. When it all arrives, I'll have two identical boxes for firewall service, all for less than $200. This way, I can alternate between them: I can have one running in production mode, while the other is either a backup in case of hardware failure, or else a testbed for newer versions of the firewall software.

I use the IPCop firewall package. It's free (both monetarily, and by the mis-definition used by the Free Software Foundation), easy to install and configure, and very, very good. If you're looking for a dedicated firewall package, take a look at this one.

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