building a small/cheap/quiet firewall box. advice? Tags: Homebuilt Firewalls Systems Last response: December 2, 2005 3:27 PM in Systems Share openmacnews November 29, 2005 7:43:55 PM hi all. i currently have a linksys wrt54gs + sveasoft talisman firmware serving as my gateway/firewall box connected via a static 3M/512K DSL PPPoE link. time to upgrade. i want to build/buy a box for a dedicated *BSD/Linux firewall. on the software side, i'm considering m0n0wall, smoothwall & ipcop, and/or roll-my-own; i'm leaning towards m0n0wall (depends on PPPoE MTU Support; assignable both on LAN/WAN?) or i'll roll-my-own. i've been looking at Hardware solutions incl. Soekris, WRAP, CappucinoPC, etc. all seem nice, but each have some gotchas as well, and the $$$ adds up quickly. so, i'm thinkin' ... gotta be a better way. i'd *like* the box to be: headless small quiet 1 WAN port 2 LAN ports (>= 100bT) "power" >= 266MHz PIII <-- that's just a minimum >= 256K RAM enuf HD for a barebones distro serial/USB is just 'nice to have' ... all for under $300. buy or build, i frankly don't care. i've been looking, and can't find the solution out there ... especially for the price. lots of topics *here* that address the bits-n-pieces ... but not quite the combo i'm looking for. does it exist? or, am i dreamin'? thoughts/comments/suggestions all appreciated! thx all! richard More about : building small cheap quiet firewall box advice Crashman December 2, 2005 3:27:58 PM Build it? Buy an old system and modify it? Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumDVR capabilities of system build-advice needed ForumBuilding "Lan Box " Rig Seeking Input ForumFirewall with MAC address ACL that is dynamic ForumHow to tell if a firewall alert is suspicious or not ForumGaming computer advice ForumLast Norton Liveupdate Broke Firewall ! ForumWould a firewall prevent Sasser worm? ForumBuilding a box for scientific computing ForumFree Firewall ? ForumFirewall Security ForumIs software firewall nessasery if hardware is available? ForumGeneral Laptop Advice From An Old Pro. ForumWanting to build a smoothwall firewall ForumITX Gaming Build (Frag Box ) -NEED advice ! ForumMini-ITX HTPC/LAN Box Build ForumTwo Drives Are Better Than One: Thecus YES Box N2100 ForumSuggested ESXi v4.1 Whit Box Build Advice ForumNew build advice - Lab in a box ForumWhich of these computers is better? ForumPutting together a new system: small form factor More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !