Floppy-based Linux routers and firewalls


Coyote Linux

Derived from the LRP. As of August 2001, the Windows installer is now available for free, which makes setup a snap. Coyote Linux is a FREE single floppy distribution of Linux that is derived from the Linux Router Project (LRP). The main difference between LRP and Coyote is the way that it is configured and maintained. There is a Windows Disk Creator that makes it easy to create a bootable floppy, but uses anearlier version of the program.

How To Build A Ghetto Router

Coyote Linux FAQ

Linux Router Project

A networking-centric micro-distribution of Linux.  LRP is small enough to fit on a single 1.44MB floppy disk, and makes building and maintaining routers, access servers, thin servers, thin clients, network appliances, and typically embedded systems next to trivial.



Description: NAT.

Free NAT based router with DNS Proxy and DHCP LAN servers, web caching proxy, and embedded SSH Java administration. Installs from downloadable CD image. [Thnx Russ Foster & Andrew Murdoch!]





Description: NAT.

Free Debian based NAT router/firewall.  Installs from a single floppy.

NetBSD/i386 Firewall Project


Free NetBSD-based "firewall". Not a lot of information about the features or number of clients you can have.



ClarkConnect transforms a standard PC into a full-featured Internet gateway. Version 0.6 (BETA) is a FREE pre-configured version of Red Hat 6.2.

You get the usual NAT features, plus a few extra goodies - most notably a personal webserver, built-in dynamic DNS, and Windows-based tools.

Edge Router


EDGE Router  (Fire PlugComputers Inc, edge07.zip, 17.4MB)

Free Linux based NAT firewall/router Use the EDGE Project firewall to create a fully Internet connected LAN for your home or small business (or large business if you are really frugal). The Edge Firewall Router uses the ThinLinux building blocks to implement a simple edge router suitable for routing small networks via a low speed connection. E.g. dial, ISDN, cable or ADSL.



FREESCO (stands for FREEciSCO) is a free, Linux-based replacement for commercial routers supporting up to 3 ethernet/arcnet/arlan network cards and up to 2 modems.

GNATbox Light (Global Technology Associates)


Free Linux based NAT firewall/router for two users. GNAT Box that supports up to 5 clients. Fits on one floppy, downloaded from a floppy image from their site. Start your PC with the floppy, a wizard asks you questions and after 2 or 3 minutes, you're on your way.

LEAF - Linux Embedded Appliance Firewall


Free Linux based NAT firewall/router. Both Oxygen and EigerStein versions of the Linux Router Project (LRP) are represented there. EigerStein is quick, easy, and relatively powerful. Oxygen is heavy-duty powerful, but a bit harder to setup.