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Where I used to work we would deploy pfSense on PIII machines with 512mb of RAM ... they would not only provide routing but also VPN for 4 or 5 remote sizes.
    
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I have worked with Untangle for about 6 months (great GUI for routing setup,nating,alias IP's) but my Untangle box used a full gig of RAM (I had 2gb installed).Untangle was probably the more featured product but it appears PFsense will be the lighter product with more documentation available.If you want to study basic routing functions I think PFsense will be the better product(mainly because of the documentation available).If you want a product to be put to use in a sceneario other than a lab situation,Untangle is clearly the winner.Trouble is with Untangle, if you want all the neat features and apps, it will cost you 50.00 per month.That 50.00 will buy you a wealth of information about what is going in and what is comming out of your network.
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A lot of those services you use in Untangle are available in pfSense at no cost. Between the two I would definitely take pfSense in a real working environment, just ask the guys over at the pfSense forum what they use it for.
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A lot of those services you use in Untangle are available in pfSense at no cost. Between the two I would definitely take pfSense in a real working environment, just ask the guys over at the pfSense forum what they use it for.

I tend to use Forums as little as possibe.There is just too much personal opinion involved.I see participating in another forum is just a way to increase your chances at getting flamed.Companies that rely on their Forums for customer support do not rate very high in my book or think very highly of their customers.That being said I have plenty of documentation written about PFsense that I do not need to go to the Forum (be thankful for the little things).I do not find the same level of outside documentation available for Untangle,you must go to their Forum,even if you do pay the 50.00 per month for technical support.I would not reccomend getting involved with Untangles customer support (as limited as it is) in any case.

EDIT: Thinking that my hardware purchases for my PFsense router would not be substancial I headed down to my local but very well stocked retail outlet (SWS Electronics). I must say I was quite suprised. It is looking like 200.00 (perhaps a bit less) to buy this gear.Now comes the analytical part.I have a perfectly good desktop computer (that is sitting in the back of my closet) that is fully paid for.Why should I go out and buy new hardware just so it can not be said that my chosen hardware is "overkill"? Of course it is overkill,but it is also paid for and not being used for anything else.I picked up two SATA drives, a 40gb and a 60gb for 15.00 each off the marketplace and the unused computer (not the UD3P rig) has onboard graphics or I can view and setup the router from another computer,and keep the money in my wallet.So much for overkill,if you will not tell I will not either.
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