Subject: Re: Old 386 as firewall?
To: Scott Presnell <>
From: Perry E. Metzger <>
List: port-i386
Date: 11/10/1998 16:11:21
Scott Presnell writes:
> Hi Folks,
>         I'm trying to determine if I can use an old computer I have as
> a reasonable NetBSD firewall/NATservice machine for my home network.

I do this sort of thing all the time. It is very feasible.

>         1) Is this configuration sufficient to support two NICs and run a
> firewall with NAT service...?  

It depends on speed and the number of connections you intend to
take. At a megabit a second or less, with only a few connections, the
machine should keep up. Don't expect it to handle 10Mbps at line rates 
with NAT and ipfw, though.