[olug] Linux Recommendations?

OBrien, Timothy (Omaha Linux Users Group - OLUG) IrishMASMS at olug.org
Wed Jun 2 04:40:31 UTC 2004

<quote who="Dietz, John D.">
> Vince,
> 	Thanks for the thought.  This idea did cross my mind, but as I am
> reading what I previously wrote, I noticed that I did not seem to include
> some important information.
> 	After talking to my roommates about the whole situation, it seems
> that they would like to have people connect into our network so that they
> can play LAN games without having to mess with things such as battle.net
> (most of these portal services are blocked on campus anyways).  That leads
> me to believe that I would need to setup a VPN.
> 	We can also connect into the campus network, probably through VPN.
> Would it be easiest to setup the client on the server and let everyone on
> the LAN connect to campus via the one VPN tunnel, or should each
> individual
> connect via their own VPN tunnel.  I am aware that there are some security
> issues with that idea, but this way, the server could control the
> bandwidth
> for the VPN connection.
> 	I was originally thinking of setting up a Linux server with a couple
> of NICs and configuring the server with some daemons for remote access.
> Not
> sure what you all think about this, and I would like to hear what people
> have done for situations like this if at all possible.
> Thanks,
> John

The easy answer is to purchase a router/switch combo, such as a linksys or
netgear to share out your connection. These will have the ability to
configure a DMZ and open a specific IP and port for whatever servers &
services your ISP will allow you to run. I'm also not sure what your
bandwidth limitations will be with your ISP, so what servers/services you
will be able to run without running out of your bandwidth limitations.

Yes, you can get a low end Pentium with two NICs and build your own router
- there are quite a few boot able floppy Linux distros exactly for this
purpose. Other individuals would also suggest OpenBSD for this purpose.
You will still need the switch to hardwire the router box to your other
systems. This option I would recommend to someone with an intermediate
experience & understanding of Linux/BSD.

Then you should set up a separate server running the gaming services you
want. But that is a separate conversation entirely, with a few threads in
the archives on the topic.

With either option I believe you could implement a VPN - but will the
college & your ISP allow such services running over their networks? You
need to investigate this further before investing in a hardware & software
solution; either by some social engineering or some hands on testing.

Question: what is battle.net used for? Why cant you coordinate between
friends for other servers to play on? gamespy works well for my needs in
this realm - though it is WinDoz only the last time I checked.

Timothy "Irish" O'Brien
Publicity & Social activities chairperson
Omaha Linux User's Group (OLUG)
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