I have an old p100 and wonder if I can install ipcop on it? Also do you need different make/model nic's? I have a few old 3com 3c509's, can I install more than (1) of the same kind nic? I want to end up with (4) nic's, (1) internet, (1) local network, (1) dmz pc, and (1) wireless ap... Will this setup work??
Depends on how much RAM is installed. See the requirements page on their web site.
3C509s? Slow, but depends on your traffic load. Do a web search for the Ethernet-HOWTO from the Linux Documentation Project. They've been used without problems since the early 1990s.
Exceptionally unlikely. IP-Cop is a Linux firewall, and Linux requires a minimum of a 80386 in the x86 family. "MINUX" (an O/S used as a tesching aid) and ELKS may work on a 286, but I don't think either had a firewall capability.
Not using IP-Cop (don't need the extra crap beyond what's already in the basic Linux kernel), but my primary connection (firewall and router) is a 386SX-16 laptop (possibly it was an Acer originally) with 8 Megs of RAM, with no display, no keyboard, and no case for that matter. It's a severely stripped kernel (I have to compile it on one of the work stations, because it lacks the disk and memory space for a compiler), but it works fine. I just picked up some old 386 systems (three desktops and two lapdogs) for $5, and will be stripping them to get memory chips to bring my firewall up to it's max of 16 Megs.
Yes I have install´d Ip-Cop severel time´s started with 1.4.0 and the last one was (for me) 1.4.8, but my pentium allow me to boot from CD-rom and I have no problem with the ISO's in Linux.
If you can't boot from CD you have to read this part of the innstallation manual and make sure that you understand how to use FTP or HTTP servers becuse Ip-cop is going to look for one on the green interface during the install.
Then it come´s to the raw-write I belive that it is not more difficult than using any other Windows program just dubbel-click the icon, and answering the qestions.