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IPtables vs commerical firewall

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Can anyone tell me the advantage of a commercial Firewall to IPtables?

I understand some of the commercial Firewalls have the ability to block at the application level (facebook, etc).  Besides this, I am clueless.  Thanks.
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Commercial firewalls typically come with tons of extra stuff that are actually useful.  Off the top of my head, uPnP is a nice one, built in VPN servers, logging, DHCP serving, DNS serving or proxying, etc etc etc.  Don't forget a lot of them come with fantastically simple WebGUIs for configuration.  Most of the higher end commercial routers come with diagnostic tools built-in as well.

IPtables is really just a basic no-frills firewall.  Of course most all the options above could be added to a linux machine running iptables but I would not trust myself to not leave huge security holes when trying to configure it all myself.  I believe this is what Untangled OS (based on Debian iirc) is focused around.

If your concern is cost, look up pfSense.  It's everything you'd probably ever want in a commercial firewall, but free and open source, based on FreeBSD.

Oh, and the big one.  Some commercial firewalls have the ability to subscribe to updates for things like AV scanning or content filtering.  I believe Sonicwall and WatchGuard products can do this.
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For an opensource solution i also highly recommend iPFire. It is a very good nix based firewall and more Including proxy, content filter, etc.
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so you could learn and perfect many avenues of security- AV - IDP- Filters and then update them on a daily basis

or you but something like a Juniper SRX Firewall that does Routing and Switching and FW
and it updates the AV
and runs filters for older attacks
and can run IDP/IDS system
and simplifies the config, mgt and maint with either a 'Slow' gui
or a solid command line

and you can cluster them

can you physically achieve a similiar level - maybe - but I do not have the time or the $ to afford to stay on the VERY top of these issues - when someone else does it for me - very well and costs less in the long run

and yes some of the newest gen controls up to layer 7 and monitor the application and the traffice designated for that application...
like Palo Alto FW
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