Re: IPCop for Small-Business Network: Web Proxy Usage

From: Anders (andersajja_at_hotmail.com)
Date: 06/18/05


Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2005 08:16:12 GMT

Robert de Brus wrote:
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> ||| <astanko@gwdg.de> wrote in message
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> |||| Hi All!
> ||||
> |||| Our small-business (5 PCs) has its LAN connected to the internet
> |||| through ADSL (1 Mbit downstream, 128 KBit upstream). Now I decided
> |||| to use IPCop. First I wanted to use an old Pentium 166 for IPCop,
> |||| but the system should operate 24/7 so I ordered the following
> |||| hardware:
> |||| - VIA EPIA PD-6000 fanless board (with VIA Eden ESP 600MHz
> |||| Processor)
> |||| - Morex Cubid 2699 case with external fanless power-supply
> ||||
> |||| With the fanless VIA board and the fanless power-supply of the
> |||| Morex, even if the small case-fans should stop working there
> |||| should be no problem I think. Actually I want to try to use the
> |||| systems without any fans running...
> ||||
> |||| Unfortunately I have not found many info on the web proxy feature
> |||| of IPCop. I hope the CPU will be fast enough for our small-business
> |||| firewall/router with one VPN tunnel and the proxy turned on.
> |||| I also have to decide how big my HDD should be. Any ideas what
> |||| would be a good proxy cache size for my setup?
> |||| Any other comments on my setup are welcome!
> ||||
> |||| Thanks a lot and best regards!
> |||| Anguel
> ||||
> ||| Personally, the old P166 PC would have been more than sufficent for
> ||| 5 PCs. You could have found a way to have seperate fans just incase
> ||| the CPU fan stops. I've seen IPCOP running on an old P400 Toshiba
> ||| laptop using two PCMCIA cards for the Red & Green networks (the fan
> ||| is very quiet and the battery will keep the unit running for 2-3
> ||| hours after a power-outage).
> |||
> |||
> || The trouble is that something without a lot of
> || power of memory has to be rebooted constantly,
> || or it crashed. I used to use a 128MB Celeron 667
> || as the gateway m achine on my network of 3 PCs,
> || and I was forever having to re-boot, but I do not
> || have the problem, since I replaced it with an
> || Athlon64 machine, with 512 MB of RAM. If you
> || are going to use a gateway machine, I would
> || recommend no less than 512MB of RAM.
>
> I have IPCop machines in various places looking after networks varying in
> size from 6 to about 30 and they stay up 24/7 for weeks and months without
> crashing or the need to reboot, unless I upgrade, etc.
>
> Maybe your Celeron with 128MB had a hardware problem, the RAM for example.
>
>
I have my IpCop running on an Compaq 2000 with 32MB ram and a 3Gbit HD
and there is no fan, the only sound is from the HD.
It has been runing 24/7 for almost 6 month now.
No problems



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