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I was looking at Servers and wanting information on it. Will a Server speed up my Internet connection and protect my PCs from spamware software from off the internet?

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    Patrick Bridge Mar 18, 2009

    I have a DELL OptiPlex GX150, would that be good for a firewall? It has a Ethernet Port Intel Pentium III 933MHz 512MB RAM Max

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    Patrick Bridge Mar 18, 2009

    And the only Internet service I can get where I live is NetZero DialUp

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    Patrick Bridge Mar 19, 2009

    I don't have linux and never used it before. I only have Microsoft Windows 3.11, 95,98,ME,2000 Pro, XP Home, XP Pro, Vista Home Basic, Vista Ultimate and Windows 7 on Floppy or CD/DVD

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It depends on what you do with the server, a server may be just another computer or a great help.
You can use your server as a Web Cache server, this means that the server will storage all the webapges your users access, so, when somebody wants to open a webpage the server will download only the updated parts of the webpage, that will save time and the users will think everything is faster.
Yet a server won't give you a faster internet conenction per se, it just optimized your resources, a server can also be a firewall or an antispam, so your network won't have undesired traffic coming from internet, so less trafic, faster network ^_^ .

Yet again, if you only buy a server, then plug it into your network and turn it on does not make anything. You will need to install/configure diferent solutions (sometimes you will need to buy them).
I recommend you to go with Linux, it is free, open source and there is plenty of documentation out there.

Posted on Mar 18, 2009

  • Israel Soto Mar 19, 2009

    Sure you can! :D
    Here are a few links about how to set up linux to be a firewall between your LAN and Internet.

    http://info300.net/FedoraFirewall/
    http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/3546
    http://www.daniweb.com/tutorials/tutoria...

    Also here you have some links for web caching:

    http://www.skullbox.net/squid.php
    http://www.david-guerrero.com/papers/squ...

    I recommend linux because you will find a linux flavor that'll work fine with your hardware.


  • Israel Soto Mar 19, 2009

    I encourage you to give it a try.
    If you want/need to stick to windows, then you can enable the nat(network address translation) option and do more or less the same thing that in my last post, you will need 2 nics in the server, one for the internet and the second to the lan, and share the internet trough the server to everyone else.
    Windows 2003 has a firewall already, and I have to check but I think there is a web cache within windows 2003 server, the bad news is I think your hardware can not handle windows 2003 server.
    You will need more ram.

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