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Linux.com: IP Masquerading on your Network with Red Hat Linux

Jan 12, 2000, 07:03 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mike Chan)

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"Using your Linux box to share a single internet connection is one of the most popular ways to use an old beat up 486 or Pentium machine that otherwise would have been thrown into the junk pile in the garage. When used in conjunction with a fast Ethernet connection like cable, or DSL. Using Linux as your connection-sharing box doesn't mean that you have to only run Linux on your internal network (your office or your home). In fact, Linux will work well with Windows, Macs, and other flavors of Unix."

"Throughout this article, I will be assuming you have some networking experience (using Linux or any other operating system), and are familiar with the concepts of a firewall, network, and IP addresses. For compatibility with this article you should be running a recent version of Red Hat Linux, SuSE Linux, or Mandrake Linux. You should be comfortable with entering commands on the Linux command line."

"The minimum requirements are one Linux box, and one machine on the internal network. We will be using Red Hat Linux throughout this tutorial. The basic idea is to connect your Linux box to the internet, then have all other machines on your internal network talk to the Linux box if they need something from the general internet. In order to make it as secure as possible, you want to have two network cards in your Linux box, and at least one network card on the machine that you want to use internally."

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