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post #11 of 21
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thanks for the smoothwall tip I hope they have a version for a PPC
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post #12 of 21
You need dual NIC's in order to use smooth wall.

PPC stands for power PC which is the type of CPU that the mac use to run before going to intel. It is a style of chip designed by IBM.

You really should be just fine if you are using an antivirus and a router. Just hook your modem to the router and then connect all computers to the router.

By connecting to a router you close all the ports that would allow you to be hacked, when connected directly do the modem all those ports are open.

so the router closes like 90% of possible ways you can be hacked, just run a good Virus software after installing the router and you should be all set.

I would recommend running malware bytes.
post #13 of 21
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I found this

http://distrowatch.com/table.php?dis...ion=smoothwall

well I appreciate your help I thought software firewalls "stealthed ports"
I should use a software firewall as well right?

this is what I was thinking but it is not two seperate NICs right?
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post #14 of 21
you have DSL right?

DSL uses a phone line to transmit data.
The phone line goes from the wall, to your modem which converts it to a ethernet port. the modem is then connected to a router or computer to provide internet.

So from the modem, you would have a single wire that would go into one NIC on the firewall computer, then another wire would go from the second NIC on the firewall computer to your router, data would go through the firewall before coming into or going out of your house.
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I thought DSL was Cable I have a cable connection
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post #16 of 21
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and the I mac only has one port would that splitter above work
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post #17 of 21
no the splitter would not work. Because you need to actual Network interface controllers (NIC), one for the modem and one for the router.

DSL is digital subscriber line, which is provide through a phone line to the modem.
Cable is provided by a cable line to the modem.

The end result is the same for both ways, it just is the method on which your modem is connected to the outside world.
so cable vs DSL will not change your internal network setup. just the type of wire that goes from your modem to the wall.
post #18 of 21
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ok well I have it listed on ebay I just though if it didnt sell I would try to set up something like that
could I put a 2-300$ system together and make smoothwall work effectively
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post #19 of 21
yea a really cheap computer would work for a smooth wall, but you really don't need a smoothwall if you just need basic security.

The router will protect you a lot.
there are over 16k ports that can be used to access your computer when you don't have a router, and when you have the router it closes all of them to the outside world.
Your computer can only be accessed if you open a port in the router.
so just by having a router you are increasing your security enough to not really need smoothwall for normal home use.
post #20 of 21
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thanks for the help I like security so I might look into it
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