[lug] Broadband

PC Drew drewpc at colorado.edu
Tue Aug 1 00:27:23 MDT 2000

For all those who have or want cable modems or DSL, you should look
into using the Linksys BEFSR41 firewall instead of a computer.  Yeah,
it's a lot of fun to play around with Linux firewalling and such, but
if you want something that firewalls, does DHCP, NAT, port forwarding,
etc. for your network AND has a 4-port switch in it for only
$160...this is your product!

No, this isn't an advertisement for Linksys.  I just cringe when I
hear about people using their linux machines to do lots of packet
filtering that is unnecessary.

Also, if you think for a second that hooking your cable modem directly
into your computer is safe, think again.  You've just put your
computer straight on the Internet for script kiddies to beat the crap
out of.

Thus endeth the sermon.

PC Drew

  "I lived through the IPO Rush of '99"
     - T-shirt c. 2034

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