Smoothwall - Any good ?

Posted on 2004-11-01
Last Modified: 2010-04-08


I've recently replaced my PC with a newer machine and as such its left me with a rather old PC.

Whilst browsing the internet I came across this website

This offers a free firewall solutions that you install on a dedicated machine.

Has anybody here used this / heard of this. Is it any good, worth implementing ?

Question by:andyw27
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    by:woodendude      some would say this is the best freebie out there.
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    by:Chris Dent

    I kind of like Smoothwall, we used it as a secondary Gateway (failover) on a network and it worked out well.

    I can't claim to have spent a lot of time configuring it, ours was a pretty simple stop everyone coming in and let a (very) few things out. Things that could be very easily done though the graphical interface.

    All in all, not too bad and worth trying if you want a dedicated firewall, but I wouldn't replace our Checkpoint Firewall with it (of course Checkpoint is far from free...).

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    I agree with Chris. It's not a bad freebie which supports NAT, PAT, VPN, DMZ,  Syslog, Remote Management. It's simple to setup and manage (install time was less than 20 mins). The main thing is to make sure your hardware is compatible (especially NICs) as I have seen some obscure cards which weren't.

    And again, it is certainly no Checkpoint or Pix, but it is quite reliable and easy to use.


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