Subject: Re IPX routing
com offered up:
>I am about to setup a firewall for our Internet link.
>I have recently learned that we are bringing in an X.25 line from
>The line runs into a Compuserve box that resides here that we do NOT
>From the Compuserve box, a line runs into one of our router interfaces.
>Obviously, I want to firewall this link as well...
>It passes IPX and TCP/IP, and needs to do both.
>The problem I have is with IPX. We have decided on Raptor Eagle as our
>It will run on a SUN Sparc 20, and it will NOT pass IPX.
Well .. not sure whether this works or not, but I'd be interested in
myself. Is IPX critical for you ?
I ask because we're running IP and IPX on our LAN here, and I'm being
to allow both across our firewalling mechanism. Our Netware guy said to
other day that we needed IPX as some products actually require IPX in
to work. This sounds like snake oil to me - I'd have thought that the
protocol - whether IP or IPX should make no difference whatsoever. Any
on this ? It's also been suggested to me that Novell/IP works by simply
encapsulating IPX within an IP packet - this doesn't quite sound like
to me. Can anyone comment upon this ? If we can move everything to IP,
our problems potentially disappear here, and I needn't route IPX at all.
easy to me from there (ish!).
I wonder Paul, whether you could do something along these lines ? I
everyone whether you all think I'm pouring snake oil around the place too
it is true that some netware products use ipx/spx directly. whether they
would work properly, or at all, with netware/ip is something you would
have to test (unfortunately).
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