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Alright, this may not be possible, but nobody could ever accuse me of not trying. I just purchased a little barebones system that I have the intention of turning into a custom router. I'm still not sure of what suite I will be using to power the network. I've heard recommendations on OCN of pfsense and m0n0wall above most others, but my best friend here in town has a system running ipcop and a second system running Gentoo and using the ipTable package as a router (he's got two networks at his place.

I'm, for the most part, a network newbie. I'm slowly learning in my free time all the ins and outs, because I plan to get a CCNA (in the near or far future, not intending to make a career out of it as I already work for the federal government) just because I want to do it.

Anyway, I don't run a whole lot on my home network as it is. This is just going to be the beginning of a little project that will evolve into an entire monitoring and control system for my house (my wife is freaked out about the idea, but she will get over it).

First question: If I set this up as a linux system with iptables will it be as secure as a monolithic router operating system

Second Question: If I set it up as a linux system with iptables, can I use this system as an htpc as well.

Third Question: Using either the linux distro or the router operating system will I be able to use my existing wireless N router as a hub and wireless access point.

I think that's it for my questions for now. If i think of anything else, I'll add it to the thread. Thank you for being patient with me and answering these questions.
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Third Question: Using either the linux distro or the router operating system will I be able to use my existing wireless N router as a hub and wireless access point.
Who uses hubs anymore?

Just turn off DHCP on your 802.11n residential gateway. It will then become a switch + wireless access point for the router you attach.
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[QUOTE=DuckieHo;5177707]Who uses hubs anymore?
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Don't sass me

I figured it would turn it into a switch, but I didn;t want to misspeak and step in something. I figured I would just have to turn off DHCP. With that prevent double natting if i do disable DHCP. I jsut don't want there to be any problems. Low maintanence is a key thing, as I am out of town for weeks at a time and I don't want to have to instruct my wife on how to restart the entire network, since i know she will mess something up. My wife and electronics are like water and electronics. She touches them and nothing ever good comes of it.

She destroyed a toughbook that they gave her for work. nuff said.
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Who uses hubs anymore?
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Don't sass me

I figured it would turn it into a switch, but I didn;t want to misspeak and step in something. I figured I would just have to turn off DHCP. With that prevent double natting if i do disable DHCP. I jsut don't want there to be any problems. Low maintanence is a key thing, as I am out of town for weeks at a time and I don't want to have to instruct my wife on how to restart the entire network, since i know she will mess something up. My wife and electronics are like water and electronics. She touches them and nothing ever good comes of it.

She destroyed a toughbook that they gave her for work. nuff said.

In that case, make sure you enable "Always ON" under the router's mobo power features. Also, make sure to enable remote access!
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Geez, you two are terrible at quoting.

1st question: Yes

2nd question: Yes

3rd question: Yes
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Geez, you two are terrible at quoting.
I kno rite? So, next question, should I use a dedicated firewall/router operating system, or should I just use IPtables? What are the advantages of each. I don;t want an advantage to be "easier" i'm jumping in head first here.
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