Wednesday, August 7, 2002 05:56 AM
Is the sequence suppose to be router --> fire wall --> web server --> lan
or can it be: router --> fire wall --> webserver --> lan
Aren't both options exactly the same?
Anyway: in your case, putting the firewall on the same machine as the webserver is fine. Keep in mind that all other machines on the hub are already open to attacks anyway. Normally you would have the following setup:
"Internet" --> adslmodem --> linux machine --> hub --> local lan
The linux machine in this case would be functioning as a router, gateway and firewall. And yes: your Linux machine would be needing two nics to do that.
You could then host your website on this linux machine, or use port-forwarding and put it on some machine in your local lan.
Hope this helps.