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Configuring IPCop Firewalls: Closing Borders with Open Source

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Configuring IPCop Firewalls: Closing Borders with Open Source

Overview of this book

IPCop is a powerful, open source, Linux based firewall distribution for primarily Small Office Or Home (SOHO) networks, although it can be used in larger networks. It provides most of the features that you would expect a modern firewall to have, and what is most important is that it sets this all up for you in a highly automated and simplified way. This book is an easy introduction to this popular application. After introducing and explaining the foundations of firewalling and networking and why they're important, the book moves on to cover using IPCop, from installing it, through configuring it, to more advanced features, such as configuring IPCop to work as an IDS, VPN and using it for bandwidth management. While providing necessary theoretical background, the book takes a practical approach, presenting sample configurations for home users, small businesses, and large businesses. The book contains plenty of illustrative examples.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Configuring IPCop Firewalls
About the Authors
About the Reviewers
Virtual Private Networks
IPCop Support

Hardware Requirements

IPCop has very modest minimum hardware requirements and is designed to be used on common PC hardware. Our main issue generally isn't "is this machine powerful enough for IPCop" it is more a case of "is this machine powerful enough to handle the bandwidth going through it".

The minimum system requirements for IPCop are:

  • A 386-based PC or better (which means you can use a very old PC as your firewall)

  • 32MB of RAM

  • 200MB hard drive (or compact flash drive)

  • One Network Interface Card (NIC) for each interface (four maximum). Each card has a unique hardware or MAC address, it's worth noting these down at this point for use in identifying the cards later.

  • Connection devices for the Red interface if it's not Ethernet