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rupertwalker
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2003 8:55 am    Post subject: Smoothwall and Plesk admin Reply with quote
Hi

I run a smoothwall firewall/proxy at home and I find that I can't access the plesk admin pages through this.
If I turn the proxy off and dial direct to my ISP then I can connect ok with the admin tools.

Can you provide any suggestions to fix this so I can connect through my firewall.

Thanks
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2003 10:04 am    Post subject: Re: Smoothwall and Plesk admin Reply with quote
rupertwalker wrote:
Can you provide any suggestions to fix this so I can connect through my firewall.


Allow access to port 8443

Whats Smoothwall like?? Been meaning to get it up and running for ages!
Next question - whats the advantage of a hardware firewall? (bearing in mind a hardware firewall simple runs software!)


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2003 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Proper hardware firewalls (PIXs etc.) are optimised very heavily, the firewall softwre is the OS. This means they can handle a lot more traffic than the average sofware based firewall. Also, you have someone to shout at if anything goes wrong
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2003 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Daniel wrote:
Proper hardware firewalls (PIXs etc.) are optimised very heavily, the firewall softwre is the OS. This means they can handle a lot more traffic than the average sofware based firewall. Also, you have someone to shout at if anything goes wrong


Cheers for that.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2003 3:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Smoothwall and Plesk admin Reply with quote
bensmyth wrote:
rupertwalker wrote:
Can you provide any suggestions to fix this so I can connect through my firewall.


Allow access to port 8443

Whats Smoothwall like??
Ben


Inbound outbound or both ?

Find Smoothwall great.
Easy to install and setup runs on old hardware others throw out. All you do now and again is check for updates

Wouldn't be without mine now after looking at the logs from the first week

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2003 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I've used smoothwall and had no problem with accessing Plesk on 34SP. I didn't use it for long, but I believe the free version defaults to allow all outgoing and no incoming connection requests (SYNs), so I can't see what the problem would be.. unless you're not using the free version. If you're being firewalled you should be able to see something in the logs.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2003 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
The only real bonus of hardware firewalls is their size and, potential, ease of configuration. They're more costly than an old PC running BSD for example, which runs the firewall in the kernel. And a slightly old PC is often more powerful than a PIX firewall.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2003 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
More powerful looking at the system specs, but FOS (the OS PIXs run) is a lot better at firewalling than an old PC running Linux or BSD. 188Mbps throughput from a 433MHz Celery with 32MB RAM...
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2003 7:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Agreed, I wasn't trying to say on comparable specs though. An old 433 with 32MB of RAM won't cope as well as a PIX firewall. However you could easily get something twice as powerful for the same price.
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