Best place for a proxy/cache

Discussion in 'Network Routers' started by fred bloggs, Aug 11, 2004.

  1. fred bloggs

    fred bloggs Guest

    Hi all,

    I'd like folks opinion on the following:

    We have a network of 5 pc that are often downloading the same data and it
    strikes me that some form of proxy server/cache would help to speed things
    up and make better use of the internet connection.

    The 5 pcs connect to a Ethernet switch that sits connects to the trusted
    port on a firewall/router (Netscreen device) which has its own DHCP server
    built in.

    The untrusted port of the Netscreen connects to a Draytek modem/router with
    SPI, and thence to a 2M ADSL line.

    I have a1.5G athlon machine running Win98 SE spare, although I could put XP
    up at a pinch.

    So, if I want to add a caching mechanism, where is the best place to put it?

    In the DMZ between the netsceen and modem?
    Use the Win98 with some software (any suggestions?), double home it ( make
    it a proxy server) and put it between the Ethernet switch and the Netscreen?
    I thought of products like WinProxy in this second case but am open to other
    Windoze-based suggestions.
    Other suggestions?

    Thanks for any help

    Kind regards, Mike
    fred bloggs, Aug 11, 2004
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  2. fred bloggs

    Rob Morley Guest

    Why put the proxy on a different network from the client machines?
    If you do that you need to harden the server against any attacks that
    the Netscreen would otherwise block, so you might as well get rid of the
    Netscreen and use the proxy server as a firewall/router.
    In this case the proxy would also be acting as a router - see above.
    Why use Windows when Linux is probably better suited to this sort of
    This is available for Windows or Linux:

    Whatever software/OS you use, the simplest way to hook it up is as a
    client of the Netscreen (but using a static IP address). Point the
    other machines at the proxy, point the proxy at your router.
    Rob Morley, Aug 11, 2004
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