[rescue] Netra as a router/firewall for home use

Phil Stracchino alaric at metrocast.net
Sun Mar 9 17:15:37 CDT 2008

Ron Wickersham wrote:
> On Sun, 9 Mar 2008, Patrick Giagnocavo wrote:
>> Bill Blum wrote:
>>> I've recently accquired a couple Netras, and was contemplating using 
>>> one as
>>> a firewall/router to replace my long suffering Linksys BEFW11S4.
>>> Anyone have thoughts/suggestions/warnings I should heed?
>> I have had problems getting OpenBSD to work well with dual NICs.  This 
>> may have changed as I last tested with an Ultra2 that had 2 hme's .
> i've been using OpenBSD on Ultras as my preferred routers for years.
> have a couple of Ultra1's and an Ultra2's and several T1125's with 
> mostly qfe quad interfaces but also have no problems with the single
> hme interfaces in either sbus or pci forms.  a great easy-to-configure
> routing system.
> note that OpenBSD has port forwarding _off_ in the default install so
> it won't route until you turn it on in sysctl.

In the past, OpenBSD's hme driver has been buggy.  That may be fixed 
now.  As long as I avoided the hme, though, I've never had problems with 
multiple NICs under OpenBSD.  My firewall/router box is an Ultra5 with 
four NICs running OpenBSD, and it Just Works.

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