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Turn an Old PC Into a Multi-Purpose LAN Server with ZeroShell (part 1)

Apr 20, 2009, 21:32 (0 Talkback[s])

"First things first--gather the hardware. Zeroshell should work well on just about any computer, on typical 32-bit PCs, and higher performance 64-bit machines. An old dusty box loaded with a network adapter or two should be fine. But keep in mind, you'll need at least a Pentium 233MHz processor, 96MB of RAM, and a CD-ROM (ATA) drive, or an ATA Compact Flash (CF) adapter for embedded devices. So you can store your configuration, you'll want some type of storage device, such as a IDE, SATA, or SCSI hard drive; or a external or flash USB drive. All the typical VGA graphic cards and RS232 serial port adapters are supported. Additionally, ZeroShell supports all the Linux-capable PCI, USB and PCMCIA network cards.

"If you want to replace your wired or wireless router with ZeroShell, you'll need at least two Ethernet cards loaded in the PC. That way one can plug into the Internet modem and the other to a computer or a switch. To support multiple computers on the network without using a switch could be possible by setting up the soft access point (AP) feature. If you want to experiment with itss wireless capabilities, throw in a wireless card. You should stick with a Wi-Fi card that uses an Atheros chipset and is supported by the MadWifi drivers."

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