- Part 2: Computer and Networking Hardware for a Linux Firewall
- A Guide to Securing Your Home Computer System with a Linux Firewall
- Minimum Computer Needed
- Can a Notebook Computer Serve as a Firewall?
- Ethernet: The Fastest Connection and the Lowest Cost
- Wireless: The Most Elegant Solution
- Putting It All Together
Putting It All Together
So, the basic necessary elements are as follows:
A firewall PC with a 486 processor or better, and two network cards.
Network cards for all the PCs that you want to connect to the Internet.
A network hub with four or more connections, depending on your needs. If you are setting up a traditional twisted-wire Ethernet network and you've got 10/100-Mbps Ethernet cards in the computers, you can get the more expensive 10/100-Mbps Ethernet hubs, which will give you the fastest possible connection.
Network wiring. Traditional wiring is twisted-pair cable that is similar to the regular phone line in your home. You'll need unshielded twisted-pair (UTP) Category 5 10BaseT cables. That's usually the only type of network cable that is stocked in consumer computer stores.
A cable modem, xDSL box, or other connection to the Internet
Finally, you are ready to connect everything. The final part of this guide describes setting up the firewall software.