From my home dsl line, I run a small site for a tech community - it is
mainly text, very light on images/multimedia. No more than about 100
visitors a day. DSL uplink speed is currently acceptable.
The web server is behind a Linksys home broadband router, and it turns
out this is a bottleneck in serving performance to my users (I know
this b/c I have plugged the server directly into the 'net connection
and it is much faster - almost 3x - for a user than when behind the
I want to build a linux firewall/NAT router to replace the linksys.
Part of this project is to learn Linux, the other part is to do
something with old hardware. Thus, I want to try to avoid buying any
That said, can you tell me if the hardware below is good enough to
- as a dedicated firewall/NAT router for my site (handling the traffic
- router for net access for my other home computers
- restrict which outbound ports can be used & as much as possible
restrict access & log access to inappropriate sites
- log intrusion attempts
- run openssh for remote administration (this will ultimately be a
"headless" machine tucked in a closet)
(these tasks are all this machine will do)
64 MB Ram
2 10Mb PCI NICs
5400 RPM Hard Drive
Will this be ok, or does anyone foresee this being a bottleneck for
either internet browsing to the outside/web serving to the outside?
Should I use IPTables for the job, or is there another firewall
package I should try out?
Thank you from a newbie linux user.