[SLE] ADSL Broadband advice please
From: Paul Trevethan (elist_at_pacific.net.au)
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2003 23:50:55 +1000 To: email@example.com
I now meet all criteria and am about to sign up for an adsl connection from my ISP (currently 56k dialup). I am seeking advice from those more experienced than I as to the best options to suit my situation.
I currently have a 4 machine network operating through a 5 port switch. This main machine (SuSE 8.2) is the only one accessing the internet through the dial up. However, under the new setup I want at least one of the other machines to have access to internet.
I only have a single nic in this machine but I have a spare and could easily add it to the machine. I run Guarddog firewall (simply could not get Susefirewall2 to do what I wanted?).
The ISP provides a Dlink DSL-302G adsl modem as part of the installation (has both ethernet and usb connectors). I know they do support the Dlink DSL-504 router, but there is a cost to consider.
My question is how would be the "best" way to establish the connection for my needs?
As I understand things;
I could drop in the 2nd nic, connect the 302G to it using ethernet and it all should work as it does now?
I could connect the 302G to the upload link on the switch, would that give me the extra access I want?
Both these leave the firewall at the software level on the SuSE box I presume? What about firewalling the other boxes?
I have seen suggestions it is much better to use a router with hardware firewall for this shared environment?
Any comments on the Dlink hardware, the preferred/simplest connection option or directions to relevant reading material would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
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