>Any body had experience of both a standalone router (eg d-link/linksys 4port
>switch and router integrated into 1 box) Vs old 486 with a flavour of linux
>acting as a router with a hub/switch to share a DSL connection?
>You can get the former for about 50GBP and it seams a lot less of a pain to
>set up and use.
Both devices can be used for the proposed tasks, yet the HW router
is a lot less hassle to setup and maintain, especially for a newcomer
to Linux and/or networking IMHO. If you don't know exactly about possible
loopholes and security risks, the setting up a real secure server is
not the most easy task. Decent HW routers usually do incorporate
state-ful packet inspection, NAT etc, which are essential functions
for any server of that kind, be it a HW router or a computer system.
Another good reason for the HW solution: These routers don't make
much noise. :-)
(Yes, I've been using a DSL router for exactly these tasks for
over a year now with great success.)
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