[NCLUG] Broadband ISP options in Fort Collins
svq at peakpeak.com
Mon Jan 17 19:35:59 MST 2005
> Things that an ISP provide are the infrastructure to enable internet
> operations. You get a mail box on their system. You get DHCP to your
> computer with DNS name resolution. PPP. You get spam filtering on
> email. You get web pages upon which you can place content. You get a
> firewall to protect you from the hostile 'net. Many things. I am
> probably missing a few and have added a few that some don't enable.
> If you only have an IP address then you get none of the above. You
> only get a cord to the Internet. That by itself is insufficient for
> the above. But the long time Internet user can provide their own
> infrastructure. GNU/Linux and *BSD are both platforms of choice for
> the small operator. Run a DNS master. Find someone on a different
> network to be your DNS slave. Register with the top level .com (or
> other) nameservers. Set up your own MX records for mail. Set up your
> own mail transfer agent to receive mail. Set up your own spam and
> virus filtering to process the mail. Set up your own web server for
> publishing web content. Attach to public NTP servers for time. Try
> to save the world, one internet packet at a time.
> In effect, you are complete master for your domain. However that also
> means debugging all problems yourself. No one to escalate the problem
> to as you are the senior admin and tech support, chief cook and bottle
> washer. Note my DSL problems for an example. But you learn much and
> gain much experience. You are only a good candidate for this if you
> can't be talked out of it regardless of the problems.
Thanks for the clarification. I think I will investigate
this a little more. Sounds fun.
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