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Slashroot.org: Setting up a Linux Gateway

Jun 18, 2000, 15:49 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jared Jarrett)

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"Networks are all but common these days. Many people are adding the second and/or thrid computer to their house hold. You also see them in businesses and even in schools. Networking has become extremely popular becuase it allows users to share resources. Over a network, you can share files, printers, disk space, and many other devices from each machine. However, wouldn't be nice if you could all use one connection to the internet at the same time? I mean, with rising cost in phone lines and the everlasting $20.00 a month for an ISP, couldn't there be a way to cut back on this cost? Linux, once again, comes to the rescue."

"Setting up a gateway with Linux is not hard to do. A gateway allows two or more networked computers to use the same internet connection. However, these two computers are not visible to the internet. Only the gateway is visible. This makes the networked systems much more secure. (not alot, but somewhat.) This process is called IP Masquerading."

"What can you do with this setup? Well, you can pretty much do everything you can on the net as a sigle client. However, like always there are limitations and hings you need to consider, but I will talk on that later."

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