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LinuxWorld.com: Rightsizing the home office connection

Sep 08, 2001, 14:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

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"Road Runner and my LAN have been peacefully coexisting ever since. There have been a couple of quirks due to NetMAX and Road Runner quarrelling over DNS duties. Some links in the Road Runner Web site, particularly those used for account maintenance, are abbreviated on the assumption that DNS will resolve the complete URL. And it did before NetMAX was installed. But now I have to enter the complete URL to get to the page I need.

NetMAX is my first firewall and I believe it was a good starter. Configuring the box so that it functions as a DHCP client on one NIC and as DHCP server on the other was painless. I know from previous attempts that this is not always the case. But it doesn't allow a great deal of granularity in specifying rules for the firewall, nor does it provide the type of reporting I expected. I'm going to be evaluating other choices for the future, but for now I'm happy to have NetMAX between me and the big bad Internet.

Road Runner and the hosting service together cost less than a third of what I was paying previously to the telephone company and ISP for my ISDN pipe. Not only was I cutting costs, I was dramatically increasing bandwidth. The only down side has been giving up the ability to run a server: something prohibited by Road Runner's terms of service. There have been rumors of a new commercial offering by Road Runner, which would allow both fixed IP addresses and the right to run servers. If those rumors prove to be true, I may move my Web site back home where it belongs."

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