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I have a web server and email server I run out of my house.

I need port 443 and 80 for both web server and email server.

I need another server that these ports will be mapped to.  That server would see the incoming requests as mail traffic or website traffic and then point the user to the proper server.

I have heard of this technique, but forgot what it is called.  I need some ideas of software that does this.  The software needs to be open source or freeware.  I would rather use a Linux solution, but I am open to a Windows solution that will run on Win2k server or Pro.  FYI, my email server and web server are Linux boxes.

The reason my email server needs port 80 and 443 is because it has web mail.  

Any other idesa of how to do this would be done would be appreciated.  

Again, I have 2 servers, both need ports 443 and 80.  Need a system that determines the traffic and then routes the user to which server is being called.

Thanks for you help.  
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by:dblake15
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A good firewall / Router would do this for you.  You would NAT, you have a public IP and then the firewall will NAT it to the private IP of the web box.  
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Well, my router doesn't have this features I don't think.   It is a 2Wire 1000w.  I got it about 5 years ago.

So, could I use a software router program...   IE my hardware router (2Wire) would port forward all requests on 443 and 80 to a system that is loaded with a software router program that would support this???  Then the machine that is running the software router would determine what the request is and send it to either the email server or the web server?

When dealing with web related stuff, how does the router know?  Would it be using the URL?  IR www.mydomain.com/webmail/   - > Email server and all other URL requesting not having webmail would be web server requests?



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The router knows based on the IP and the port.  You may want to think about getting a new router that can handle that.  They are not all that expensive and safer than having software that does it.  IMO.
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Ok...   I might start researching a new router that will handle this.  

Can you recommend any hardware routers/firewall and supports 54g wireless or higher?

You're solution would be much better because I don't have to dedicate one of my computers to handle this.  



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Andres Perales earned 1000 total points
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You could load up a smooth wall firewall..
http://www.smoothwall.org/
 
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I am a big fan of the new D-Link dir 655.  But there are many out there.  Get one that is right for your budget and will also act like a router.  Most new ones do that now.
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I totally forgot about Smooth wall...

I am splitting the points... you both pointed me to the right direction.   I might try Smooth Wall solution first and then in a few months, I will purchase a new router.   I will research D-Link 655...  

Thank you both for the info.  I  appreciate it.

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Or if you want to invest in a real firewall / router,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833120135
 
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I think I will check out D-Link 655 first....  

Thanks again for the info.

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