[TriLUG] LAN/WAN interface question
kmtrilug at nc.rr.com
Tue Feb 17 11:17:13 EST 2004
I built my own firewall/router box using a CL6000 mini-itx board. This
is one of VIA's new boards and comes with two onboard NICs. It is also
a fanless board, so it's very quiet. I put it in a very small mini-itx
case. What I ended up with was a machine not much bigger than an
appliance running linux. It is quiet, uses a 60W DC power supply, is
about the size of a closed laptop and runs a full blown OS.
The only downside is that the NICs don't use a driver that's included
with the kernel. VIA supplies the source and some scripts that make it
real easy to create the needed modules.
I have been very pleased with this set up.
On Mon, 2004-02-16 at 22:49, John Franklin wrote:
> The advantages:
> One electrical outlet instead of three (switch, wireless AP, *nix box
> Lower power draw
> Less real estate consumption
> Easier to set up VPN tunnels
> Interfaces are often lacking.
> Must port forward any inbound port you want to serve
> Don't have complete control of the box
> The more functionality they pack in, the higher the chance they
> botched something.
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."--Benjamin Franklin
" 'Necessity' is the plea for every infringement of human liberty; it
is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."--William Pitt
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