[clug] Using a laptop as a firewall

Tim Murphy tim at murphy.org
Fri Feb 22 02:04:52 GMT 2008

I've never used one as a gateway or firewall, but I have used an old laptop
as a web server.  The main downside is the inability to upgrade the thing.
The lappy wasn't doing very much work though so I'm not sure how it would
cope with a constant heavy load.

I'd also be more wary of dust with a lappy than with a desktop.

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Subject: [clug] Using a laptop as a firewall

Like many of you I currently have a clunky old desktop computer running
Linux that I use as my internet gateway/firewall.

Recently I've been considering obtaining an old laptop off Ebay to use for
the same purpose. It seems to me that a laptop would have a few

- Compared to a headless desktop PC in a closet/out of the way location, it
already has a screen and keyboard for when the gateway isnt responding to
network traffic and you dont know why.

- Its much smaller

- Its quieter

- It essentially has a builtin UPS for those who love their uptime

Has anyone had any experience with this? Are there any downsides I'm not
seeing, and does anyone have suggestions on old laptop brands I should look
into that will work well with linux?

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