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post #1 of 21
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I have 1 dsl modem connected to my PC
I would like to add a router simple enough
I also happen to have a old apple I-mac that
I would like to install between the modem and
the router however the I mac only has 1 ethernet
port so I cannot physically make that connection
I have a phone line splitter that plugs into the phone jack
is there a way I could bridge that one connection to connect
to my router then my PC?
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post #2 of 21
wait why do you want to put the i-mac between the modem and the router?

Just hook the modem to the router and then hook all your computer to the router.

You really should never hook any computer directly to the internet, they should always be behind a router of some sort.
post #3 of 21
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well I wanted to use the apple as a security buffer before the firewalled router as
I have installed linux in it but I cannot stand using it so I will have windows on my pc
but linux have some security advantages so I thought if I could put the Apple between
my modem I would be that much more secure.. true?
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post #4 of 21
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Originally Posted by snot View Post
well I wanted to use the apple as a security buffer before the firewalled router as
I have installed linux in it but I cannot stand using it so I will have windows on my pc
but linux have some security advantages so I thought if I could put the Apple between
my modem I would be that much more secure.. true?
You could set it up like that, but really the router should be good enough if you have proper security on your windows machine.

what OS do you have installed on the mac? You should look into smoothwall.

http://www.smoothwall.org/
If you do a bit of googling, you should find how to set it up.
post #5 of 21
Thread Starter 
well the Imac is a G5 from 2005 the mac os wouldnt boot so I installed
Linux Ubuntu 10.4 PPC on it and it runs fine but I have had security issues
in the past and I just though it might help would it be easier to put the mac
between the router and my pc or just scratch it is smoothwall a firewall I will
look into it in a moment
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what is the strength of smoothwall I had been using Zone alarm or Comodo
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post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by snot View Post
well the Imac is a G5 from 2005 the mac os wouldnt boot so I installed
Linux Ubuntu 10.4 PPC on it and it runs fine but I have had security issues
in the past and I just though it might help would it be easier to put the mac
between the router and my pc or just scratch it is smoothwall a firewall I will
look into it in a moment
when your computer is hooked directly to the modem, you have direct access to the internet, which can cause security issues extremely fast. so having a router will improve you security issues by 10 fold.

<-- Is a computer security major.
post #8 of 21
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what is the strength of smoothwall I had been using Zone alarm or Comodo
Smoothwall is an entire OS. It is probably one of the best firewall OS's out there. It is basicly a linux os that has been setup to act as a firewall for a network. so all traffic goes through that machine.
post #9 of 21
here is a link to a howto for smoothwall.
http://www.skullbox.net/smoothwall.php
post #10 of 21
Thread Starter 
well this started when my dad gave me his old dell dimension 9150 I had security problems hourly
it wasnt fast enough for me somehow I got into upgrade a presler chip 2 gig more mem anyway now I have built my own machine and I have just bought a Netgear router single or double firewalled I do not know I would need to see if smooth wall is compatible with a PPC Power Performance computer
or something like that it needs a special version of linux = PPC supposing it is how could
I use the single ethernet port on the mac to connect between my modem and the router or whatever
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