[clug] Linux Router

Duncan Bolt duncan.bolt at anu.edu.au
Wed Jun 23 01:46:25 GMT 2004

Well has anyone got it to work ?

And on what distribution etc ?
I chose smoothwall, because it was supported with security fixes, and 
it was easy to setup. But I can put on mandrake or something to 
create a family server if needed.

I basically want to use it to record programs. There are a few 
cartoons on Cartoon Network at odd times, that I would record to 
watch with my boys, eg XMen, Justice League ie Superhero action 

Also TCM does have the occasional interesting movie on at a weird time.
I also like to potter round in my study with TV (discovery H&L, 
Discovery Science or Animal Planet) on in the background. But like 
you say if there is anything I really want to watch, then I go to the 
lounge room, sit in the comfy chair in front of the big screen. But 
sometimes the big telly is used by someone else, so I watch TV in the 
study on 17"CRT.

I don't think TRANSACT is the most cost effective broadband, but it 
has a number of nice add ons which make it worth it.

Kernel IP routing table
Destination     Gateway         Genmask         Flags Metric Ref    Use Iface
transact-erx.ne *      UH    0      0        0 ppp0     *        U     0      0        0 eth0         *        U     0      0        0 eth1
default         transact-erx.ne         UG    0      0        0 ppp0

smoothwall does not seem to include any man pages so it is getting 

Once I get this working I will have to go to the next project. 
Working out a set top box equivalent for the old telly in the bedroom.

End of Financial Year XBoxes are back to $220

>Michael Carden <crash at michaelcarden.net> wrote:
>>  I have farnarkled around with my Smoothwall box interminably in an ill-fated
>>  effort to pick up video streams from TransAct. Set up this route, 
>>that route,
>>  the other route and the 'green' network steadfastly refuses to see anything.
>>  Packets? What packets?
>Here's as far as I got:
>0) Include multicast support in your kernels, and PIM support in your
>firewall kernel.
>1) You *must* have pimd or routed or some other multicast routing daemon
>running on the firewall. The linux kernel *cannot* route multicast packets
>without it.
>2) You should add a route for multicast packets to head *outwards* from
>your network, towards the source of your streams:
>route add -net eth0
>where eth0 is the interface that connects to TransACT. You're probably
>also running PPPoE over that interface. You'll need to give the
>interface an IP address before you can route IP packets through it. You
>probably haven't already given it an address, because PPPoE doesn't want
>3) You'll need to make sure your firewall isn't silently dropping
>multicast packets. Mine was (shorewall) until I eventually found out
>where to remove the hard-coded rule that did so.
>With these things set, I've gotten as far as being able to watch the
>same stream as the STB is watching, but only while the STB is watching it.
>I'm sorry, I know nothing of green networks (although I can probably
>guess what that means), and can't give you smoothwall-specific
>I'd be interested to hear from anybody who can get their setup working
>better than this, or who can help me get mine working.
>>  Not that I care a whole lot. Hmmm. Let's see. Watch TV on a 15" 
>>CRT or a 76cm
>>  16:9 screen with dolby digital decoding, a Thumping Great Amp and 
>>Speakers. I
>>  reckon I can join the family in the lounge room.
>My setup isn't that great, but in any case I want it so I can record
>while watching a different show, and record more than one show at a time.
>I don't even watch TV all that often, but when I do there's often three
>shows on at once that I or my wife want to watch.
>>  Ooh, look. More good stuff on TCM.
>Logan's Run was on last night.
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