[CentOS] OT Clarkconnect Firewall/Router updates

Rodrigo Barbosa rodrigob at suespammers.org
Tue Mar 28 23:33:00 UTC 2006

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On Tue, Mar 28, 2006 at 11:16:01PM -0500, William L. Maltby wrote:
> > > Me too, so that's 2 rocks. Well, 1 and 1/2 since you top-posted. :-(
> > > Runs fine on very old minimal eqpt. I have it on an AMD 5x86 (486 in a
> > > 386 socket) 100MHz, 3 3Com 3C509 (half duplex unfortunately) 32MB DRAM
> > > (remember what that is?) and junk Champ 1GB old slow drives.
> > 
> > Motorola WR850g + OpenWRT here :)
> > Nice, silent, low energy requirements (11W PSU), small, and has WiFi.
> My next goal for it is to find a decent source of fan-less low-power
> supplies. I'll never WiFi at home. I only have a few brain cells left
> and don't want them invaded by high freq waves. Besides Bush (our
> protector of constitutional liberties) might be eavesdropping on the
> waves that exit from my brain cells and I'd get put in Gitmo with all
> the bene's that accrue from that.

Well, just disable WiFi. Pretty easy to do on OpenWRT:

# wl radio off

> > I'm getting some Linksys WRT54GL tomorrow too.
> I've been using the SMC stuff for my Gigabit. Been happy with it. But I
> don't need managed, so I don't know how that stuff compares. I just use
> the E'net cards and unmanaged switches.

This WRTish boxes are pretty near. Geral spec is 1 Wifi + 1 Ether (WAN) +
4 + 1 Ethernet Switch (LAN, 4 ports on the outside, the 5th being the
router itself).

> > My WR850g went in to replace my CentOS based firewall box (based on K6,
> > 128M RAM).
> Yep. Don't want to waste "the big guns". My 2nd most powerful machine is
> an AMD-K6-2 (currently @ 380MHz, 450 on the horizon I think) on a PC-
> Chips M-571 main-board, 256M. Access to a good net, couple disks and
> discs and it makes a real decent workstation or server. I'm using that
> one as my server, being built via CLI one package at a time so I can
> really learn this stuff. I wish my memory of what I read was as good as
> when I was much younger. :-(

There WRTish boxes are based on MIPS processors (Little Endian, usually
Broadcom chip). It is good to switch platforms once in a while :)

> I'm going to try and buy folks' old machines and get them into peoples
> homes when they do cable. Cable co. charges them for each extra computer
> hookup. I make my own cat-5 cables, install and the homeowner saves $$.
> And cable co. charges biz customers $300 for each node install and big
> bucks extra for firewall monthly.... I see an opportunity to save them
> some money.

Using WRT boxes can save a lot of money, since they are pretty cheap.
You can even get used one off e-bay for nearly nothing.

A WRT54GL is priced at $69.99 at Amazon.com and $61.99 at Newegg.

There are plenty of other models/brand you can use for that too.

And now I'm stopping, since this is getting WAY off topic :)

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Rodrigo Barbosa <rodrigob at suespammers.org>
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