Hooking 30 Performas (6112) up to the internet (Single dialup IP)
Posted on 1997-06-29
I'm working with a network of Mac Performas. Most are 6112; a few are 6116.
We have 30 machines, 4 ethernet hubs. All the macs can talk to each other.
We have 7.5.1, appletalk version 58.1.3, and ethertalk 2.5.6
Finally, we have one machine with a modem that can dial up to the internet, and use a web browser.
*** What we need, fast (why this is (or started as) a 150 pointer): A way to hook all of these machines up through a single modem to the internet. The goal is to have a caching proxy web server on one machine, that the teachers can preload the pages that students are expected to visit; that way, when 30 students hit the browsers all at once, the phone line will not be absolutely dead. In addition, using a proxy web server will result in only needing one connection to the internet (one dynamic dialup IP address), so there will be no heavy costs.
Oh yea -- this is a school with a small budget for this.
We've been pointed to Viacom internet gateway; however, that is expensive ($1000 for a site license) and does not deal with the caching server issue (which is a must).
We've also been given the suggestion of buying a PC and running Linux on that as the gateway; again, the price of the PC, and the maintenence of it make this unaffordable.