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 From:  "Steven Honson" <steven at honson dot org>
 To:  <m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch>
 Subject:  RE: [m0n0wall] Any know issue with the DNS-forwarder? MinimumHardware requirements?
 Date:  Tue, 3 Feb 2004 09:46:05 +1100
I ran into the same problem setting up my m0n0wall box to connect to iiNet
(a local DSL provider) using PPPoE.


-----Original Message-----
From: Hilton Travis [mailto:Hilton at QuarkAV dot com] 
Sent: Tuesday, 3 February 2004 9:41 AM
To: m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
Subject: Re: [m0n0wall] Any know issue with the DNS-forwarder?
MinimumHardware requirements?

Hi Holger,

On Mon, 2004-02-02 at 19:58, Holger Bauer wrote:
> Hello,
> this weekend I set up a monowall with using dns-forwarder (my other 
> monowalls have a seperate DNS-Server). At first sight it seemed, that
> it doesn´t get DNS assigned by the pppoe-connection properly but my 
> provider assigns them for sure. After placing the two DNS of the 
> provider in the general settings table and unchecking the "override" 
> option it seemed to work, but sometimes DNS is very slow and some 
> adresses are never resolved (for example 
> When I setup the DNS on the clients to use the DNS of my provider 
> directly everything is working fine. 
> Does anyone know what´s going on here?

Funny you should mention this, as I configured two m0n0wall boxen over
the weekend, and noticed the same thing - with a PPPOE provided IP/DNS,
m0n0wall fails to utilize the assigned DNS Server addresses, and you
have to manually enter them on the "General Setup" page.

Hhmmm, reading the General Setup page a bit more closely, it appears
that the PPPOE-provided DNS Servers are not assigned to DHCP clients. 
That is sensible, but I think that the issue here is that even though
the m0n0wall IP address is provided to DHCP-assigned clients, the
m0nb0wall itself fails to receive the PPPOE-assigned DNS Servers (or it
fails to act on them properly) resulting in a broken DNS system since
m0n0wall cannot forward DNS requests to your ISP's DNS Servers.

I have not noticed any slowdown, tho.  I just enter the provider DNS
Server IPs and it rocks along nicely.

> By the way, what are the minimum hardware requirements? This 
> Monowall uses the latest CD-ROM build and consists of a Pentium 133 
> MMX, 128 MB SDRAM and 3 PCI NICs, 2 of them bridged. Is 133 MHz too 
> weak?

m0n0wall runs on a Soekris 4501 which is a 486-class CPU running at 133
MHz with 64 MiB SDRAM.  I think that your P5/133 would easily handle the
task - unless this is a 10Mbps or faster Internet connection.  :)



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