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Hey guys, I'm looking to build a Linux based networking machine to serve as a firewall, NAS and overall network monitoring machine. I'm extremely new to this level of networking, so bear with me if I don't know many of the essentials.

Which distro would allow me to do all of this while still being relatively user-friendly? I've heard good things about IPCop, but I'm not sure if it'll provide me with the level of overall functionality I'm looking for.

Please give me some tips! Your assistance won't go unrewarded!
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you could use untangle on a atom computer. the only thing that it may not be able to handle is live virus scanning.
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There are many prepackaged firewall distros that are great but I'm not sure if any of them handle NAS well. You may need to manually load file sharing software on top of it and configure it yourself. You could also go with a generic distro and load networking software on top of it..

I run a generic distro for my home server which is an all in one (a.k.a. single point of failure?) box that handles file share, media streams, routing and other networking. If you want more help picking one of these you can check out this sticky:
http://www.overclock.net/linux-unix/...swer-here.html
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I use Ubuntu with shorewall and webmin to make the configuration easy
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If your just getting started, I'd recommend smoothwall as your router distro. Very easy to setup, forwarding ports for gaming etc. If you need further functionality after that, try pfsense which will give more control over your router.

they don't need super hardware to run. A Pentium 2 class CPU w/ 64mb of ram is enough for a small home network of 5-10 people. A lot of people like to make atom mitx builds for these routers because of their low footprint. Another router distro is Untangle, but its more business and security oriented, and requires monster hardware to run well when you compare it to smoothwall, pfsense, ipcop etc.
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I'm currently running m0n0wall on a Watch Guard FireBox II. The internals of this thing are:

Intel Pentium I 233 with MMX...Oooh
64MB PC100 RAM, Actually I upgraded to 256 PC100
OS install on 64MB CF Card

Runs great. Never have hit 100 % CPU usage yet. Even with 75Mbps Internet.
    
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This is the build I have planned. It's probably a bit overkill, but should suit my needs very well and allow for future expandability as a home server and such.

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FreeNAS is great for a NAS, smoothwall and monowall are great for Firewalls, Astaro (free for home use) might be great for a firewall/packet inspection in general.

I wouldn't really buy anything online. If you're on this forum, there's a high change you have a spare PC, or at least some spare parts lying around to build one
    
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Originally Posted by FiveFingerDiscount View Post
This is the build I have planned. It's probably a bit overkill, but should suit my needs very well and allow for future expandability as a home server and such.

you might want to look at plans for wi fi as well.

If your buying new components, i would personally try to go for a 35w CPU.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116039
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you might want to look at plans for wi fi as well.

If your buying new components, i would personally try to go for a 35w CPU.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116039
I'm looking to get the most out of my money right now so I'll probably stick with my current configuration. Also, do you know if I can broadcast a wireless signal using a wifi adapter or do those only act as receivers?
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