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    Question Modem sharing for banking


    Hey guys,

    I need to share 1 modem on a linux server among 3 user on a windows domain... Is this possible with linux if so how can it be done?

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    I used to do this with a smoothwall firewall box, it did dial-on-demand and handled the security too. You can get smoothwall at www.smoothwall.org, but you'd need an old PC to run it on (mine is a Pentium 150 with 96 megs of RAM!)
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    I have used smoothwall before but only as a firewall.
    What is the feature called in smoothwall? How does it work??
    Can you configure by users and passwords??

    Why do i need such an old pc? will it not work on a old pentium 3 300 64mb?

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    Huh? Smoothwall is only a firewall; I did the internet access thing by networking the PC's together and putting the modem on a seperate, old PC, with Smoothwall, which I set as the default gateway on all the other PC's.

    User authentication would have to be local, and the firewall would control only the internet access and, as it's smoothwall, cannot be configured with normal users.
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    I think you miss understood me, i am not after a firewall for a modem connection.
    SOme user need to dialup to the bank to do secure bank transfers and i want to share the modem for dialup access to the bank among 4 users.

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    So you already have an internet connection, and you want to dial-up to somewhere else at the same time? Wont your bank let you connect securely over the internet?
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    That is correct and i will be using dialup to connect.
    The bank does not allow securely over the internet.

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    Well establishing a second network will make it a little difficult to set up routing for. If you connect over the dial-up and use a text-based interface, you might find that running minicom to control the modem dial-up is better, you could then allow everyone access to the text console of the server by ssh or in a vnc session.
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    Hmmm that will be difficult for users. I think i am going to go with Netmodem for windows platform.
    Thanks for your help.

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