A while back, I posted a massive tutorial on how to set up a NAS file server on a Banana Pi, and it was so much fun, I've written another even massiver one on how to set up an internet gateway on a Banana Pi.
A gateway lets you isolate computers in your home network from the internet. To reach the internet, a computer has to through the gateway, which means that if you put a firewall or virus checker or ad-blocker here, all your computers will benefit from them.
As before, this series of tutorials will walk you through the whole process of setting up a gateway, including a lot of not-essential-but-nice-to-have stuff. We start off by setting up a bare-bones gateway:
- Installing Bananian Linux
- Getting online
- Setting up the gateway:
- Setting up a WiFi access point
Once this is up and running, we then take a look at installing some useful extra services:
These days, a firewall is pretty much a necessity, and it's quite eye-opening to watch the logs and see the constant stream of attacks, as people try to break into your computer. And even if you run an ad-blocker like uBlock or AdBlock, a DNS-based ad-blocker can be run along-side it, without affecting browser performance at allBrowser plugins tend to slow the browser down noticeably, and can use huge amounts of memory..
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