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RE: Security on a home DSL Line

  • From: Roeland Meyer
  • Date: Thu Nov 02 20:28:07 2000

The common answer is to install Linux/Unix/FreeBSD and build a firewall.
However, I have recently been surveying the market for DSL gateways. Guess
what, ALL of them include some sort of firewall capability and the LinkSys
product even includes a 5-way switch ... for under $300! Then there are
always Ascend/Lucent Pipeline 130's which includes a router and can gateway
ISDN, IDSL, Cable, and DSL. I have a friend that hangs an entire /24 behind
one of them.

Setting up a host may be a fun excersize, but something that runs with the
reliability of a toaster is better, in my view. With the host, you always
have the tinker-factor to contend with.

-----Original Message-----
From: J. Gilmore [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Thursday, November 02, 2000 3:38 PM
To: [email protected]
Subject: Security on a home DSL Line

I'm looking to beef up security on a home DSL line. 
Currently I am using ZoneAlarm (the freeware version).
 I'm thinking of taking an old Pentium 120, and
setting that up as a firewall, but wanted to know if
anyone else had a better idea.  

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