[Tutor] internet access

Eric Brunson brunson at brunson.com
Thu Oct 11 18:08:39 CEST 2007

I used to run an old linux laptop with two NICs as my firewall, but I 
played a bit with DD-WRT and now I'm an evangelist. 

DD-WRT is based on an embedded Linux kernel and provides a great set of 
features, including time based filters, web GUI, ssh access and a real 
unix command line as well as VPN, traffic shaping and a host of other 
great services.  I generally advocate the Motorola WR850G's, as they 
allow you to load the DD-WRT firmware from the factory web interface, 
whereas many other devices require a "hack".  Supported hardware is 
listed here:http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Supported_Devices, if 
you have a SOHO wireless G router, there's a good chance DD-WRT will run 
on it.

That reminds me, there's a new release I should go try out.  :-)

Steve Willoughby wrote:
> This is where it's an advantage to setting up an old PC as a firewall 
> for your network.  Stick Linux on it, set up your filtering rules, and 
> let it sit between your home network and the outside world.  You can 
> then have it block that PC's access to the Internet via cron scripts, 
> possibly even selectively, between certain times, and there's nothing 
> that anything done on that PC (short of a modem with dialup access) can 
> do to override that.
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