[clug] Home Firewall dedicated OS

Paul Wayper paulway at mabula.net
Wed Aug 26 07:34:47 MDT 2009

On 26/08/09 14:13, Ian McLeod wrote:
> Seems a better solution to set up home VPN is to bridge the modem to a
> dedicated OS.. Is this a *viable* option in terms of investment in time
> and maintenance required for the average small home network? And secure
> enough compared to a hardware firewall and NAT (modem)?
> Seems there is SmoothWall and ClarkConnect free editions and something
> called Devil Linux..

I used SmoothWall for a time and eventually had to change it as it wasn't set 
up for working off a flash disk (this may have changed).  I now use pfSense, 
installed on a Yawarra WRAP-2 box in nice shiny red case.  This does firewall 
and access point.  Sadly I had to buy an external ADSL modem for it, as my 
previous one was an Alcatel USB 'Stingray' and the Yawarra box has no USB ports...

Have fun,


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