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Juniper SRX100 vs Open Source?

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I was given an SRX100 back in the day and decided to maybe put it to use. My question though is in a home environment with general use (internet browsing, downloading), would the SRX100 be better than an open source solution such as pfSense, or Smoothwall?

I am unfamiliar with JunOS, but I would ideally like an IPS in place with logging but again, am unfamiliar if the SRX even provides that.
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Hey,
The SRX100 does have some UTM functionality, which does include IPS. I have a lot of experience on ScreenOS which is quite different from JunOS. I had taken my course in Juniper JNCIA and JNCIS under the new JunOS, I found that it was quite a bit more complicated then old ScreenOS, but it definitely has a lot more going for it. IDK if you are going to get updated signatures though without a support license from Juniper. So It may be better to go with the open source solutions in the long run.

I have used an NS-5GT, SSG5, and even a big boy SG140 in my home network previously to run game servers. They were relatively easy to configure once you get the basic principles down.

I used the ScreenOS cookbook to figure most of this out. If you take the Juniper path I would strongly suggest you pick up a copy of the JunOS cookbook. It will pretty much tell you how to do anything with your device. It is very well written for the quick lookup how the heck do I do this scenario.

HTH,
-NN

PS. I kind of laughed at your "Back in the day" comment. The SRX is really not that old. I think it came out around 2010. Considering that last year I still had a customer with over 30 NS-5GTs in production. (Released in 2003). If it works, don't fix it. These bastards had a very long MTBF.
Edited by NitroNarcosis - 8/8/14 at 6:19am
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Suricata/Snort (on their own if you like tinkering) or Security Onion for a little bit easier.
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Thanks, That book will be a good resource to use. I will check it out. I don't plan on subscribing to any licensing as this is just for my home network as well as expanding my knowledge on the device.
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