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 From:  Damien Hull <dhull at digitaloverload dot net>
 To:  VorsichtFalle <vorsichtfalle at arcor dot de>
 Cc:  m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall] m0n0wall VS soho firewall
 Date:  Thu, 24 Nov 2005 10:07:27 -0900
VorsichtFalle wrote:

> Lee Sharp said the following on 24.11.2005 08:04:
>
>> From: "Damien Hull" <dhull at digitaloverload dot net>
>>
>>> What's the difference between a soho firewall like linksys and 
>>> m0n0wall?
>>
>>
>>
>>> Building an embedded system with monowall will cast about $200. I 
>>> can buy a soho firewall for less.
>>
>>
>>
>> Real firewall, proxy arp, traffic shaping, captive portal, PPtP, 
>> IPSEC, RADIUS, dynamic DNS, NTP.
>
>
> Hi Damien,
>
> apart from the features meantioned by Lee (you won't see all of them on
> SoHo routers) you don't have to spend $200. I bought myself a Compaq
> 6350 (P2-350, 64MB, Floppy, CD-ROM, *no* HD) for 25 EUR and 2 x 3Com
> 3C905CX-TX NICs for 12 EUR (from eBay). Add about 20-30 EUR for a 4 or
> 8-Port Switch and voila: Total cost of ~70 EUR.
>
> See, you could build yourself a far more featurerich firewall for a
> lower price as a SoHo router. And by the way, the SoHo routers i owned
> -before i setup my m0n0wall 2 weeks ago- were capable of max. 250
> firewall states only, a true bottleneck if you do P2P. :)
>
> Go for m0n0wall if you dare to, all i can say is that i truely fell in
> love with it! :)
>
> FYI, Compaq Mini-PC
> http://cgi.ebay.de/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=8727319413

Thanks for the information. I'm getting a couple of compact flash to IDE 
adapters to test it on. I could use an old hard drive but I think the 
compact flash will last longer.