Hi, this is my first post and I am even less than a beginner to ipFire - I am a beginner to pretty much everything baseline to even beginning to set up any sort of router or firewall. By that I mean that other people set up my internet connections previously. So at one connection I have a Comcast internet accessible from a wireless router to other remote wifi networks on various boxes. At home I have an AT&T business class internet, where all I did was plug in one of their router+wireless boxes to cabling they hooked up (or maybe they even hooked it up…I don’t remember as it has been more than a decade).
Anyway, I want to explore and learn and use ipFire. I did take time to read reviews on my various options and I am pretty clear ipFire is the way I want to go because: (1) it is linux based (and I am also working to switch to linux in general and out of Win7) (2) open source (3) it has great recent reviews for active maintenance (4) lots of add on packages (and I hate to dedicate a full computer to something which is ONLY acting as a firewall) and appears to be up and coming (5) looks a lot more user friendly than, say, openWRT or pfSense, to a complete newbie.
There are probably some other good reasons I want to take my first steps with ipFire as well … oh, yeah, you appear to have a really helpful community – which I can definitely appreciate right about now!
I have gone as far as installing ipfire on a Dell Optiplex 9020 and trying to follow the directions. The problem is my ignorance is so complete that even the step-by-step instructions very quickly, for me, devolve into ignorantly picking a response (when I really don’t know enough to intelligently pick a response) or typing in a number (ip adress) when I don’t have a number and don’t know really how to get one. For what it is worth, I have recently purchased a copy of “TCP/IP for Dummies, 6th ed” but haven’t yet attempted to read it.
My Plan is to run from one of the ethernet ports on the back of my ATT-supplied router into the ipfire ethernet port and then out of one of the USB ports to a 1-gig rated ethernet dongle and THEN to a computer ( and, later, a wifi unit). In other words, I figure I have to leave the ATT box there as it provides my ISP service and I don’t believe I can just replace it (or, if I can, I don’t know how to do that without things getting even more complicated). Anyway, once I get running through ipFire I figure the real learning can begin – and other documentation will begin to make more sense. Until then, I am just plain stuck with not knowing what numbers, etc. to type in to set up ipFire. Does my description of my stuckness makes sense and elicit suitable pity ;-?
Super newbie questions:
(1) is there possibly an even more basic set of instructions, or a really slow and basic, youtube video taking me through setup?
(2) is there a program I can run to sniff out the relevant numbers and answers I will need to type into ipFire during setup?
It’s really important to me to get up to speed but right now I am pretty deeply stuck in the mud of ignorance and would appreciate any relevant guidance on how I can even basically going.
(3) BTW, If (big if) it were possible for ipFire during install to search the existing connections and at least hint at what might be problems or solutions (e.g., look at the lines and come back with suggested ip addresses) that would be nice. It may well be that isn’t possible, although I’m not sure why not. Does wireshark do this sort of analysis?