Originally Posted by UsedPaperclip
Best real firewall on a budget is a to get a Cisco Pix firewall. They go for dirt cheap on ebay right now ever since the ASAs took over. I would get a Pix 515e but a 506e would be plenty for home use. I personally got a Pix 506e and put a PIII coppermine 1ghz cpu (5 bucks on ebay) in it (upgrade from a coppermine 300mhz) but it runs at 750mhz because of the 100mhz fsb restriction. I was also able to upgrade it to 512mb of ram up from 64mb. Definitely a wise investment and there are plenty of guides out there to help you get it up and running on a cable modem and how to use the cisco CLI.
This is a genuine question:
How would that be better than a cheap, custom linux FW box?
Surely, if it is proprietary (cisco), then it is to some extent locked/controlled?
Am I wrong?
Genuine Q. (NEED INPUT!!).