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Linux Journal: One NIC NAT

Oct 06, 2003, 11:30 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lon Jones)

"For years I had been content with a 28.8k dial-up connection from my home system to a modem on my computer at work--it was free. The cost of DSL in my area was a little too high for me until competition from the local cable provider brought it down to what I was willing to pay. DSL is great, and because I like to telecommute from home, the extra bandwidth really helps. Also, now that I'm connected full time, I can access my home computer from work as well. Getting DSL working on my Red Hat 8.0 system (rp-pppoe) was only a matter of a few simple clicks.

"Then, my wife announced her workplace finally established a Web interface to the MS Exchange mail server. Great, I thought, she can fire up Mozilla on my Linux box and check her work e-mail from home. But when we tried to do that, it was no go. Netscape didn't work either, nor did Konquerer with an IE personality. Okay, I thought, this still isn't a problem--I've got CrossOver Office. So I upgraded IE to version 6, but I still couldn't get to her e-mail. The only thing that would work was IE running on Windows; you've got to love those proprietary protocols.

"My wife's laptop runs Window 98, but after installing the SBC DSL software on another Windows machine, I really didn't want to waste time doing another installation again. I also didn't want to run Windows on an exposed network..."

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