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Setting up a Firewall

So you’ve got two good options … Smoothwall and PFSense.  Both are free, both come with pretty web based user interfaces, both are firewalls … It’s really just up to you.  Make a choice! Really so long as you configure either properly, you should be fine.


Smoothwall is an open-source community effort firewall.  It’s a free firewall that includes its own security-hardened GNU/Linux operating system and an easy-to-use web interface.  It appears to be consistently updated, and what I like about it is that it uses Snort to keep it’s rules automatically up-to-date and deny known attacks.

If you’re sold, go ahead and get started setting it up! (Need help installing from an .iso file?)


The pfSense project is a free network firewall distribution, based on the FreeBSD operating system with a custom kernel.  pfSense software includes a web interface for the configuration of all included components.  It has the ability to generate pretty graphs (good for reporting!) and there is a good chunk of plugins to extend the functionality of pfSense directly listed/added from the web interface.  pfSense is also consistently updated, and has a large community behind it.

If you’re sold, go ahead and get started setting it up! (Need help installing from an .iso file?)