[nycbug-talk] soho router options (soekris?)

George Georgalis george
Tue Jan 18 13:15:50 EST 2005

On Tue, Jan 18, 2005 at 12:58:47PM -0500, michael wrote:
>You already know what the answer is when you ask a unix mailing list if
>you should build vs. buy.
>I do not disagree with re-using boxes and I own a soekris.  Those are
>great solutions.  Especially if you want to learn, or, really care about
>how you route and filter packets.
>But from what I read in your message, you may be better with a cheap
>NETGEAR router.  They have good features, solid construction, and a web
>interface your mama could configure.
>You plug it in, input a few settings, and you are back to what ever you
>were doing in no time.  

In a nutshell, sysadmins don't have time for programming, and security
specialists don't have time for sysadmins. Of course each needs to be on
the ball with the other two, but it boils down to choose your poison.

If you don't want the nuts and bolts of your own firewall setup, which
some choose as a career, I'd say go with a soho dedicated hardware. Some
very fancy ones (vpn, etc) can be had for cheap on ebay.

of course, I'm using a 250Mhz PII, but that's because it's setup and
keeps on working...

// George

George Georgalis, systems architect, administrator Linux BSD IXOYE
http://galis.org/george/ cell:646-331-2027 mailto:george at galis.org

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