Hopefully this wont turn into an invitation to hackers, but i recently got cable modem and i heard i need a firewall. i have 2 PCs in my house. i would also like to share the connection. im looking at the hawking soho router (http://www.tcwo.com/cgi-bin/webc.cgi/st_prod.html?p_pro...). would that be sufficient for my needs? i also have an old 133 pentium pro system that i might be able to get up and running. what do i need to make that my firewall? should i do both? im pretty much lost on this topic so any help is appreciated.
You can easily setup that P133 with OpenBSD to handle both routing and firewall. OpenBSD has a very well layed out firewall package that can do full NAT (unlike linux), portmappings and easy to setup firewall rules.
All you need is a 486 or something, a small harddisk (200mb would be enough to even be able to compile things) and 2 networkcards.
Setup is extremely easy, even though there is no graphical install. Total install + setup of routing and firewall can be done in about 30 mins.
I'd be happy to help you with tips, tricks & hints too if you want or need it.
Hey. I have a Dlink D107 residental gateway router that kicks ass. the thing has a super firewall so no one can get on eiher of the networked comps. i have a hawking pience of [-peep-] hub that hold 4 comps. it was only $20 at Buy.com. The firewalls are nice cause they dont let anyone get near your comp. i cant even join many games on Battle.net. The Dlink of mine was $100 and was worth every cent. hope this helps
Check out the Linksys 4 port Router/Switch for DSL/CABLE. You have a 4 port 10/100 autosensing Router with a build in switch which will allow your sharing to communicate at the 100 mbit rate but go to the Internet at the 10 mbit. It has a WAN port where your cable/dsl modem connects. This unit will be a Hardware firewall plus you will only need ONE ISP from your Cable modem company by configurating the Linksys software. To make best use get a 10/100 autosensing PCI Ethernet adapter Cards. Install the procotols your in buisness. The Linksys is about $162.00 at Gateway 2000 on line site www.spotshop.com
i bought the same router for around 140 at onvia.com. Also this router- with a firmware upgrade- offers the ability to change your mac address, so that when your cable company blocks all router mac addresses which mine- road runner in texas- did, you can change it to look just like a network card. That feature is so awsome!!!
check on their home page for firmware upgrades and/or call the company. The people I talked to were very helpful and even e-mailed me the upgrade before it was released. Once you have it though- no one can ever block it again unless they block all nic cards as well. Good luck