Mac as a firewall?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by ChrisH3677, Dec 19, 2003.

  1. ChrisH3677 macrumors 6502a

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    We have a linux firewall at work. It is managed by an external contractor which annoys me sometimes coz i reckon if they'd just tell us how, we could do some of the admin on it and save some dollars.

    So, I am considering replacing it, among other things, with a Mac.

    Logic tells me with its unix base, a Mac should make just as good a firewall (no hang on, better :) coz it will be easier to administer!).

    Do I use the built in firewall? Or do I need some other specialist app for this type of firewall?

    Will any new or old Mac do? (Altho it would require 2 LAN cards so would have to be some sort of desktop model)

    thanks
     
  2. marano macrumors member

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    You may want to try smoothwall before you give up on Linux all together it's free and makes a pretty good firewall - http://www.smoothwall.org/
     
  3. zellin macrumors regular

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    But if you do want to use the Mac as a firewall, the firewall options are in System Preferences -> Sharing.
     
  4. ChrisH3677 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    thanks zellin. i had a look but i think i need something more powerful, including things like port redirection, vpn, etc
     

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