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Author Topic: Dual NIC use  (Read 3005 times)

Charleybriz

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Dual NIC use
« on: November 19, 2009, 07:37 PM »
Hi all,
I wish to install a dual port ethernet NIC. My reason is to use my PC as the server/gateway w/router & other devices attached to 2nd port. My setup as I it: Internet input to modem-outut to my PC/dual port NIC, 2nd port provides Internet output to my router & other devices I will be networking. I have a Dell XPS 600 running XP Pro. I wish to use an Intel Pro 10/100 Dual port PCI card. Does this sound feasible??
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Re: Dual NIC use
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2009, 08:59 AM »
I dunno if XP Pro has the functionality you need, my guess would be that it's limited to the server editions of Windows. Also, I can't help think: why do you want to do this setup? A full PC sucks a lot of power compared to a standalone router/firewall... which will probably offer more configuration options as well.

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Re: Dual NIC use
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2009, 10:42 AM »
Ive never used it, but you might try smothwall instead of xp. It will probably work for what you are wanting, I dunno.

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Re: Dual NIC use
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2009, 12:23 PM »
If you're going to do up a full PC to act as a router/firewall combination, tale a look at a free product called Untangle Gateway. ( www.untangle.com ).

They have two versions:

  • Untangle Gateway Platform - runs on dedicated PC (needs two NICs)
     
  • Untangle for Windows -WinXP version which can coexist on a regular PC (only requires one NIC)

Untangle works extremely well. And it's easy to set up and administer.

This is what I use for my home network. :Thmbsup:

« Last Edit: November 20, 2009, 02:09 PM by 40hz »

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Re: Dual NIC use
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2009, 01:38 PM »
Feasible, yes using ICS which is included with XP pro.

Practical, no. ICS is a fragile, touchy, aggravating, PITA. I'd even go as far as saying that any cheap router would be a much better (more secure, stable, reliable, cheaper in the long run) option.