[clug] ADSL Provider Questions

Martijn van Oosterhout kleptog at svana.org
Mon Mar 8 21:05:01 GMT 2004

On Tue, Mar 09, 2004 at 07:56:10AM +1100, Sam Couter wrote:
> While I'm of the opinion that the black box ADSL modem/router jobs are
> pieces of shite. Buggy, lacking features, hard (or impossible) to
> upgrade, full of vulnerabilities that the manufacturers won't even
> acknowledge, let alone fix. All the worst parts of proprietary software
> combined with no-maintenance (read: un-maintainable) hardware. They're
> not worth the black plastic they're made of.

All true.

> And you're going to rely on that to protect your home network from the
> most hostile computing environment on the planet?
> No thanks. It's too easy to set up a real Linux box (or OpenBSD if
> that's your preference) as a firewall for that to be an excuse.

Except for one thing, these routers are trivial to install and for just
the ADSL they do a fabulous job. Which from a technical support view is
very nice. Their NAT sucks, the firewall stuff looks dodgy and somewhat

So, use the router to do it's job and have a seperate firewall to do the
protection. Best of both worlds.
Martijn van Oosterhout   <kleptog at svana.org>   http://svana.org/kleptog/
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