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Smoothwall Express 3.0 on Nokia IP330

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Smoothwall Express 3.0 on a Nokia IP330


With the latest release from the Smoothwall Open Source Project, the need for an update version of this guide was apparent.  This project has gone from a complete DIY to a very robust solution for a soho or small business.  Add in the flexibility of the hardware that is being used, the Nokia IP330 series, and the end result can be one of true pleasure.

Disclaimer: and its mods are not responsible for any damage to hardware, software, systems, or bodily harm if you decided to attempt this.  I strongly recommend that you attempt this only if you are confident in your computer skills and have some time to troubleshoot. 

Background:  What is the Nokia IP330?

The Nokia IP330 was originally released in 1998-1999 and was about $5,000 US.  Since then hardware and software for hardware firewalls and Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) have improved greatly.  As companies often grow, their equipment is replaced and you can normally get this off-lease or refurbished equipment on sites such as for fairly cheap.  I was able to get my hardware for $63.00 shipped.  This included an AMD K6-2 400MHz CPU, 256mb of SDRAM, and a 2 GB hard drive.  What this piece of hardware is, basically, is a computer packed into a 1u rack mount case. 

      The hardware is the foundation on which the software will run.  As of right now I know of a few different configuration of this hardware.  I was one of the fortunate ones who got a 400 MHz processor.  Most of them, that I see now, are 266 MHz.  The other thing that is important is the amount of ram.  The hardware supports up to 512mb of ram.  From what I can tell it takes just standard PC100/133 SDRAM.  As far as the hard drive goes, I am pretty sure you can use what ever size you need up to about 20GB.  The smaller the hard drive the more often you are going to need to clear out the logs so that you don

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