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Linux DevCenter: Using Linux as a Small Business Internet Gateway

Nov 24, 2003, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alexander Prohorenko)

"As a rule, many small businesses were initially limited to one dialup connection from one computer. But electronic mail and access into the network very rapidly became necessary for multiple employees. This made the case to connect an entire office network to the global network. Of course, it would be inexpedient to buy each computer a separate modem and a separate Internet access account. What's needed is an Internet gateway, a separate computer through which everyone can share Internet access.

"It still may be sufficient to use a dialup connection, and in time (if necessary) upgrade to a cable modem or DSL connection.

"This article describes how to set up and configure such a gateway built on the Red Hat 9 operating system. In other Linux distributions and packages, path names, file names, and file formats and sizes can differ. The techniques are all the same, though..."

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