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woah i have never heard about anything like htis xD Me=n00b

is there anywhere i can read and learn about this, im making this a new project for myself
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Use any residential gateway and disable DHCP. Plug your custom router into it via LAN port. Your old 'router' is now a switch + wireless access point.

The performance increase is DEFINITELY noticeable.

Performance in games? web-surfing?
    
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Ok, I am a tad confused about what you mean about wireless.

Reading their website, it looks like you would set it up like this:

Modem->Router->Untangle Computer->Switch-> then any other computers that you want connected to the internet. Is this correct DuckieHo? And if so, would the benefits still be worth it? I have a computer lying around, so its not like it would cost anything.
No.... For home users, Untangle Computer = Router.

Modem-> Untangle Router -> Switch -> then any other computers


Give it a go. You need at least 20GB HD, 2 NICs, 512MB RAM, 8MB video card, and a 1GHz+ CPU.
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No.... For home users, Untangle Computer = Router.

Modem-> Untangle Router -> Switch -> then any other computers


Give it a go. You need at least 20GB HD, 2 NICs, 512MB RAM, 8MB video card, and a 1GHz+ CPU.
does the website you linked give instructions on how to do this, because i am completely new to this custom routher thing
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does the website you linked give instructions on how to do this, because i am completely new to this custom routher thing
* Set up computer like any other PC.
* Connect NIC1 to modem.
* Connect NIC2 to switch. (If connecting to residential gateway, disable DHCP on it and connect on a LAN port)

Then:
* Download and burn server version of Untangle .iso to CD: http://www.untangle.com/index.php?op...226&Itemid=739
* Boot off CD and install router OS
* Enable DHCP.
* Add any addons (i.e. Spyware, Virus, Phishing, Firewall, ect)

My Addons:



It's really easy if you ever built your own PC before.

Edited by DuckieHo - 12/15/08 at 1:06am
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I'm a little weary of trying it. Some of their members had issues with gaming and streaming media, two things I do extremely often. I may still do it though, seems like it wouldnt take more then an afternoon to try out all possible circumstances.

I do have one question though. If I was intending to use the dedicated server method, which means I would have no OS on the computer, would it be possible to use that same computer as a media server. Perhaps I am not wrapping my mind around it, but I dont see how you could set up an ftp program on a computer with no OS, or even how you could set it up so other computers could see that computer's hardrives. Anyone know?
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oh i see so we have to use the Untangle OS, i was going to use my dads old dell but he still uses it -_-
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I'm a little weary of trying it. Some of their members had issues with gaming and streaming media, two things I do extremely often. I may still do it though, seems like it wouldnt take more then an afternoon to try out all possible circumstances.

I do have one question though. If I was intending to use the dedicated server method, which means I would have no OS on the computer, would it be possible to use that same computer as a media server. Perhaps I am not wrapping my mind around it, but I dont see how you could set up an ftp program on a computer with no OS, or even how you could set it up so other computers could see that computer's hardrives. Anyone know?
Hmmm... why did they have trouble with streaming media or games? All consumer, enterprise, or custom routers do the same basic thing. If they were having issues with those real-time high priority packets then some QoS needed to be turned on (or re-configured properly).

Untangle runs on Knoppix Linux. The No OS version means that this will install its own OS and basically means it will reformat your HD.

Running a media server with a router is not easily do-able. You have to create virtual machine and you have to set up the networking to it.



BTW, there are other router OS: Smoothwall, pFSense, IPCop, ClarkConnect, m0n0wall, ect. Each one has their advantages/disadvantages. Untangle is one of the larger ones so it needs more 'powerful' hardware (1GHz+ CPU and 512MB RAM, 20+GB HD). It also has a lot more features than others though and is well polished. m0n0wall is a much smaller package that can run on slower CPUs, 1GB flash, and 128MB RAM.
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do you have any suggestion for testing? Most downloads are server-side limited.

I can subjectively tell that pages are loading faster. I haven't set up port fowarding yet for torrents. I'm still installing addons.
Speedtest.net has the best servers. They managed to capture the full 100mbit connection of my seedbox, but that was in Germany... I do know the ones around Xhicago are good too.
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Speedtest.net has the best servers. They managed to capture the full 100mbit connection of my seedbox, but that was in Germany... I do know the ones around Xhicago are good too.
I was getting 26Mbps download and 9Mbps upload.

However, this test is limited as it doesn't test number of possible connections.
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