FreeBSD and NTL broad band
tom.hurst at clara.net
Thu Jan 10 01:22:27 GMT 2002
* Adrian Wontroba (aw1 at stade.co.uk) wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 09, 2002 at 11:02:54AM +0000, mark.stewart at bacs.co.uk
> > Hi, this is a general question, I'm getting NTL broadband put in at
> > home next week and have got three compaq p166, 32 ram, 850 hd.
> > Just wondering if anyone had any interesting configs (or give me
> > prior warning of possible problems?).
I have a basic firewall script you can have; it's pretty configurable
and shouldn't suck too hard.
> > I want to be as secure as
> > possible, was gonna setup a FreeBSD firewall (on one PC), a proxy
> > (on another PC, squid or apache), and maybe buy a big 60
Hm, one PC's not enough? :)
> NTL's comms seems generally good, but outages do occur.
I've had constant 1 minute outages hourly for the past week or so.
> Their administration is lousy. Promised details, CDs etc never came,
> but I dug the necessary information out of them over the phone. Once
> set up, the system works.
Their support is pretty crap, but it works well where it counts.
> You'll definitely want the firewall. At times it is probe city. Note
> that "provisioning" (initial setup) is done with 10.* addresses.
Oh yes. Lots of attempts on pretty much anything you can think of, so
it's not a good idea to leave anything exploitable open.
> As another poster has pointed out, you do get a DHCP address. This
> tends to remain static (mine has only changed once).
Same here, I even run backup MX for some domains :)
> You do need to keep your DHCP client running - if you don't renew /
> refresh the lease it will stop working after about a week.
They seem to have upped the lease timeout to an hour recently, bit
> I've no idea about NTL's mail, news, DNS etc - I don't use them.
Me neither, I use ClaraNews for mail, but funnily enough, ntlworld's
news support is pretty kickass.
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