Ram Samudrala

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For almost two years, I dealt with a situation where I had access to a gigabit ethernet connection to the Internet, but I couldn't harness it since I was behind a commercial firewall that only supported 100Mbps. Upgrading would have required thousands of dollars, which, especially in this economy, seemed wasteful. My solution was to create a Linux-based gigabit ethernet firewall that will do the same thing. The beauty of this setup was not only that I could put together the hardware for less than $1,000, but since the software is freely copiable, there are no restrictions on the numbers of users and licenses. It's clear that gigabit ethernet over copper is going to be the next step in networking. Even if you don't have a gigabit ethernet connection to the Internet, it's not too expensive to acquire one. It's also clear that one of the most logical ways to protect yo... (more)