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Re: Power savings and trusting Linux firewall

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> For reference, at my billing rate for electricity, a 1 watt drain that's 
> left on 24/7/365 is about $1.50 a year. 
    Heh, last time I checked my power bill, I'm running about $0.50 
higher than that. 

> I have been thinking about eliminating a separate Linux computer (119 
> watts or  about $180 a year) with a second NIC in my regular computer and 
> run all that stuff locally. The problem is that I like having a separate 
> firewall system because I "feel" safer, and in fact I am provably safer, 
> but am I $180 safer in real terms? 
> Thoughts? 
    Get a consumer router like a previous responder mentioned.  A 
WRT54GS running OpenWRT draws about 4.5-5.5W according to  And, 
assuming moderately reasonable home usage, you can do your firewalling 
and routing there with little or no problem.  (I use mine to do DHCP and 
DNS for the house as well as the odd need for netbooting support.) 


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