> As a new comer to firewall techniques i have 2 simple questions.
> Using a firewall as a standalone system can amount to a costly
> project, with some of the latest softwareand hardware currently
> available. However if a company was to connect to the Internet and
> wanted some protection would a 286 be suitable, to cut back cost.
> Would the lack of processor speed have an effect dramatically and
> does firewall software exist for such a system. Surely LINUX has
> features that could enable the system to do the job, or MINIX maybe on
> a 286 :-)
A 286 _could_ IMHO do the job, but you would experience a drop in
performance which would be quite obvious and annoying. Especially
if you run a fast network with fast machines. I think you would
finance the cost of a faster machine simply by faster access to
the net for your employees.
A 100MHz pentium is cheap nowadays, and does the job just fine.
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