I will get to the point eventually. Bear with me. I need to vent a bit first. Keep in mind, the last time I wired a network I used point-to-point coax and everything had a hardwired IP address. The terms of a modern network confuse the living spit out of me.
Anyways, I've had my ADSL connection for a few days now, which is a story in itself
and I configured the PPPoE by the most expedient method - clicking around in Gnome until the ADSL connection worked. However, deciding whether to stay fuzzy or save the world was just feathery compared to reconfiguring my new Westell 327W router/modem, which wouldn't have been my equipment choice, but came with my DSL connection.
Hell, I couldn't even connect to the configuration interface of the router (at first), even though I could connect to the ADSL gateway. Serendipitously, I found this article
, otherwise I'd not have known to turn on DHCP and let the router tell me my IP address. That was progress, but next I had to fight to discover the factory-default user/password and change it: Google was my friend, because the manufacturer's manual wasn't (nary even a mention). I added a user. I changed the defaults. I turned off wireless. Explored... anyhow, I digress...My GNU/Linux related question is:
do I continue to let my Fedora box generate the PPPoE through xDSL and firewall the connection in software, or should I offload that functionality to the router? What's the upside? The downside? The security implications?
PS - I've no plans to run any servers at all. This is a consumer line after all. Current Mood: creative