remote firewall advice

Neil Muller neil at
Tue Feb 4 18:49:44 EST 2003

try smoothwall its gpl, its very reliable, its 
very simple and it works 100%


Robert Edwards wrote:

>My father-in-law is a farmer in the Riverina area of N.S.W. and uses a Windoze 
>98 box for various farmy stuff as well as e-mail and web-surfing. His TCP 
>stack has become corrupt on a number of occasions, resulting in the Bigpond 
>tech guys taking him through a remove and re-install cycle a couple of times. 
>This is, of course, a bit frustrating.
>I am keen to set him up with a Linux firewall/dial-out server to protect his 
>little old Windoze 98 box from the big bad Internet.
>What I would really like is some way for him to press a button (the machine 
>would have no keyboard) to initiate a dial-out connection. Once connected, I 
>would like the machine to establish a connection back to me (I wouldn't be 
>able to connect to it as I wouldn't know it's IP address and it may be behind 
>a NAT router). Maybe a PPP over SSH connection or something so that I can log 
>in from where I am and nurgle his configuration files or whatever.
>Has anyone done anything like this - set up a remote dial-out machine that can 
>be administered remotely? Anyone have any links to similar projects? Anyone 
>got any advice on how to implement a button to establish the dial-out 
>connection (he can't leave the machine permanently online for various 
>reasons, including financial). Am I thinking in the right direction, or is 
>there an easier way (I don't play with dial-out much at all, so this is all a 
>bit new for me)?
>Another thought I had, although requiring a new modem, would be to get a modem 
>with caller ID. Then I could set it up so that if I rang it from a known 
>phone number, it would then respond by dialing out to the ISP and 
>establishing the connection to allow be to connect in. But this may be even 
>more problematic.
>Thanks for any ideas.
>Bob Edwards.

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