Deploying Open Source Routers: A Low-Cost Return on Investment

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Authors
  1. Carbone, R.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN)
Abstract
Network routing can be a difficult concept to grasp as can the configuration and deployment of routers. As with any specialized equipment, time and understanding are required. Specialized equipment also tends to be expensive. Under the auspice of the Urban Operations project, due to budgetary constraints, a custom Linux-based router was built for interconnecting multiple networks together. While routing with Linux is not any more difficult than with any other operating system, the problem was establishing how to implement and deploy it with three or more interconnected networks. All of the existing documentation was written for two networks and dial-up connections. Through trial and error, one method among many other possibilities was discovered. This method is described in this document and focuses on the inherent capabilities of the Linux operating system. In sharing this work with others it becomes possible for them to expand on it and make better use of it. Linux is a powerful and flexible operating system that is ready for C2 application and this document demonstrates different ways in which it can be deployment for military purposes.
Keywords
router;gateway;routing;routing table;RIP;OSPF;Iptables;Ipchains;Routing Protocol;Operating systems (Linux);Firewalls;FOSS (Free and Open Source Software)
Report Number
DRDC-VALCARTIER-TN-2006-630 — Technical Note
Date of publication
01 Nov 2006
Number of Pages
62
DSTKIM No
CA028402
CANDIS No
526569
Format(s):
CD ROM

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