[SunRescue] dsl advice

Kurt Nowak knowak at polymail.cpunix.calpoly.edu
Wed Aug 9 17:17:30 CDT 2000

I found a cheap source for Artecon 10Base-T S-Bus NICs down in San Diego...so id
rather see my old sparcs go to good use as firewalls than an old PC... JMHO..


scohen - Stephen Cohen wrote:

> I am using an i486 Linux box as my home's masquerade server and as an apache
> web server.  The network has three boxes behind the masquerade server -
> Win98, Win95, and a SPARCstation IPX running Linux.
> The only reason that the IPX isn't being used as the masquerade server is
> that the cost of the 2nd NIC is far greater than the entire cost I've sunk
> into the lowly i486.  Regretful.  But the i486 performs quite nicely in its
> assigned roles.
> Regards,
> Steve
> www.Venture60.com
> www.DeltaVortex.com
> www.CohenBrothers.org
> -----Original Message-----
> From: BSD Bob the old greybead BSD freak
> [mailto:bobkeys at weedcon1.cropsci.ncsu.edu]
> Sent: Wednesday, August 09, 2000 9:21 AM
> To: rescue at sunhelp.org
> Subject: Re: [SunRescue] dsl advice
> > If you can do DHCP you can use your sparc on just about anyone's DSL.
> > If you do NAT, no one will know (hence care) that you are supporting a
> > whole LAN off your computer.  That's my take on it anyway.  I use NetBSD
> > on a Classic as my gateway to the internet, via DSL.  Seems to work
> > pretty well.
> Are there any issues with machine speed in using an older sparc as a
> gateway?  I was thinking of doing something similar, and have available
> things like an IPX or an SS2, or maybe a DEC 3000 that I could use.
> What are the pros and cons of using older slower equipment as gateways
> for the home net, at the usual home connect speeds one is likely to get
> these days?
> Bob
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