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By Rayloncorp ·
I'm in the process of setting up a DSL connection to my site. What type of firewall would be required? Software/hardware/proxy?

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by eBob In reply to DSL Firewall

Despite what the Proxy manuifacturers would like us all to believe, Proxy is not a good substitute for a firewall.

So the choice is between a "software" or "hardware" firewall. And by this distinction I'll assume you're really describing a software add-on for an existing computer (like Zone Alarm) or an appliance (like a Cisco PIX).

In general, I always recommend an appliance. For a business Network I prefer the high-end devices like Cisco PIX or Nokia IP Network Security. For home networks (or very small businesses on tight budgets comfortable with the risk) there are a number of neat devices from Asante, LinkSys, 3Com and so on.

What I like about appliances over adding some software solution to an existing computer is two-fold: I don't have to secure the underlying O/S (presumably the mfgr. has already done that), and I don't have to keep a whole computer running "just" to be my firewall (or, I don't have to impact the operation of a whole computer by also trying to use it as a firewall).

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by Rayloncorp In reply to DSL Firewall

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by Kevin Anderson In reply to DSL Firewall

Pull an old PC out of storage give it 2 NICs, and run a Linux Firewall...

Use at least a P100 with 32 Megs of RAM, and a 1 Gig HDD. That should be easy to find and VERY cheap. It will easily keep up with a T1, so your DSL won't even cause it to sweat.

Buy (so you have some support) Red Hat 7.1 and install it. It will ask you about what firewall settings you'd prefer during the install process. I'm not a big fan of the built in firewall, but it's OK for a start. Once you're up and running, download an rc.firewall script based on IPTables, and you'll be just as far ahead as you would with a PIX.

If you want the full benefits of Linux, you can run the Squid Proxy Server, and either FreeSWAN or POPTOP VPN on it as well.

It's just as secure as the PIX, and it's also cheap, fast, and probablly the best solution you'll find.

Kev.

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by Rayloncorp In reply to DSL Firewall

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by McKayTech In reply to DSL Firewall

If you like having some control or tweakability on your firewall, I would recommend the hardware that Kevin suggests but using the software from the Linux Router Project (www.linux-router.org).

If you're not in to tweakability, though, and don't anticipate adding VPN, etc., the hardware Cable/DSL Routers are hard to beat for cost, useability and ease of management.

paul

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by Rayloncorp In reply to DSL Firewall

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by wlbowers In reply to DSL Firewall

Buy a personal gateway/firewall/router
and put between your DSL and network.
Linksys BESFR41 series, or SMC7004br
series, are 2 that I use. They perform as
DHCP servers as well. The units
mentioned above have features that are
beneficialto business such as DMZ
zones as well as select port access.

Good Luck Lee

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by Rayloncorp In reply to DSL Firewall

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