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Because of this incident, I'm going for something more secure on my network.


I am going to pick up one of these: http://cgi.ebay.com/Mini-ITX-1-8GHz-...3%3A1|294%3A50


Whats the best setup for router and firewall? I know about untangle, is there anything better that is reasonably priced or free?
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There are tons. Look at that list.

I recommend PFsense or m0n0wall. Both of those are high quality FreeBSD based firewalls that can run on little CPU power and are as good as most proprietary solutions. They also have web GUI interfaces for configuration.
Edited by thiussat - 4/19/09 at 2:37pm
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There are tons. Look at that list.

I recommend PFsense or m0n0wall. Both of those are high quality FreeBSD based firewalls that can run on little CPU power and are as good as most proprietary solutions. They also have web GUI interfaces for configuration.
Thanks. What options are there software acting as a router?
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Thanks. What options are there software acting as a router?
Not sure what your question is. The distros on that page are all Linux or BSD distros that have been shrunk down to the bare minimum needed for a firewall. This is good for two reasons:

1) You don't have to run Windows on the firewall box, which means you wont be wasting resources.

2) FreeBSD and Linux are more stable and have been modified, in the case of these specialized distros, to act as nothing but a firewall which alleviates bloat. Further, iptables and ipfilter are built right into the kernels of Linux and BSD. They are pretty much as good as you can get for a base for a firewall.

This guy did a good review of 7 different Linux/BSD firewall distros.
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I use Endian Community Firewall 2.2. It's a bridge between IPCop and Smoothwall.

I run it off a P3 and 512MB of RAM. I like it quite a bit.
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I'm looking to run the system as a router with a firewall. I could probably use VMs but it would be easiest if I can get something that is packaged together.
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I'm looking to run the system as a router with a firewall. I could probably use VMs but it would be easiest if I can get something that is packaged together.
If you want security, Untangle would be the better choice since it designed for Unified Threat Management (UTM). pfSense has a firewall option. However, Untangle has a firewall addons plus Intrustion Detection, Spyware Blocker, Spam Blocker, ect.
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If you want security, Untangle would be the better choice since it designed for Unified Threat Management (UTM). pfSense has a firewall option. However, Untangle has a firewall addons plus Intrustion Detection, Spyware Blocker, Spam Blocker, ect.
Endian Community is classified as a UTM as well and does all of these things.

Must put Untangle on my list to check out.
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Ok, I think I will use Untangle. I wasn't sure if there was anything similar to untangle but better in terms of security.
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