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Now that I'm moved in to my house I'm going to be setting up a Corporate grade network. For now instead of Cisco security appliance I am going to setup either Untangle or pfSense at the entry to my network. Inside will be full cisco hardware and rackmount for various servers, workstations, and storage. Ultimately the goal is to also have "branch locations" being my family's homes so I can support them remotely without needing to drive over.

If anyone has experience with both Untangle and pfSense any input on which would best suit my purposes and overall impressions of them it would be much appreciated.
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Untangle leans more towards a UTM appliance, while pfsense emphasizes the core functions of a router/firewall/VPN appliance. I'm partial to pfsense, personally, but they suit different needs.
    
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I have used both and it really comes down to personally preference. Try both and see what you like. Untangle has more options but a lot are paid for monthly but the basic functionality is easy enough. The firewall itself is very easy to configure and navigate and there are some nice free apps as well.

For remote use, why not just use Logmein or teamviewer? They are both free and easy to use for remote purposes. If you wanted to remote into your families networks, you will need a router with a vpn on both sides or a vpn to "server" on their networks, its just not very cost effective.
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It depends what you want from the device, though I too suggest pfSense

Rock solid (built on BSD).
Very powerful and configurable.
Runs in a much smaller memory footprint compared to Untangle.

Though as said above it is geared towards being a router/firewall, If you want fancy plugins (such as subscription security services), easier use, or more of a UTM/L7 filter then Untangle might be best...

On an unrelated note, who has used the OpenVPN wizard in pfSense, is it any good?
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I'm also more of a pfSense person especially with the just setup and leave it type of deal.

Practically the benefit of pfSense is how it is openSource, and free so there are other packages you can install to add additional features.

In my outlook I think pfSense is better to Untangle in performance, and how slimline it is.
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Any updated thoughts?
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Why would you bump a two year old post?
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