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I'm probably way in over my head asking this question, but what are my options for a free, or cheap (under $100), linux based proxy server filter and network level firewall? The network level firewall is less important, by far. I really wish Untangled was cheaper... and I'm really not too sure about SafeSquid... looks shotty plus it only supports 3 users. I'd probably want around 10, just to be safe. Anyone?
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post #2 of 8
Your home NAT router already provides a SPI firewall at the network level.

You can install Squid for free. You can team this with OpenDNS for additional filtering controls.
Mine uses that and a hosts file to block ads.
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Your home NAT router already provides a SPI firewall at the network level.

The firewall bit is purely educational. Would anything above and beyond the one on my 2WIRE router from AT&T have an adverse effect on the network?

WOW! OpenDNS is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks mate! I have a question about that though. Is there way to remain admin yet not have access to the DNS address in windows 7? Assume I can't access the router and change it there.
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post #4 of 8
Depending on which version of Win 7 you are running, you can create groups and assign specific permissions to those groups and then assign the users to the groups. You will still have to have a absolute admin account though to perform the actions. Would work with Win 7 enterprise and Ultimate. May with Pro. But not home, as far as I know.
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post #5 of 8
may try a HW FW such as a Cisco Pix FW or something from sonicwall.. do a search on ebay and you will find refurbished ones cheap and in good working order which are nice for educational purposes smile.gif
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post #6 of 8
You could also setup yourself your own pfsense Router. Works great for me.
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post #7 of 8
I think that if your trying to learn you can set up iptables + squid for free on a box and have a play smile.gif

There are loads of guides out there and im sure people here will help ^_^
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If you want to get a little hands on you can assemble it using a distro like Arch Linux. I have set up my own system using shorewall and squid.
 
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