Good Firewall for work

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  1. Al_S

    Al_S Second Unit

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    Does anyboday have a suggestion for a good firewall at work? Looking for something that can be configured easily via a GUI and maybe provides a good cheap VPN.
     
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    Are you interested in controlling what goes out from your network, or are you only concerned with what comes into your network? If your only concern is what comes in, then check out the Linksys BEFSX41. It's got a firewall and VPN.

    This will also work for limiting outgoing traffic, but may be less user-friendly for this option than a software firewall might be.
     
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    Kimmo Jaskari Screenwriter

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    Assuming you have a PC laying around... make sure it either has two network interfaces or put another network card in there, then download either Smoothwall or IPCop. I'd probably go with IPCop.

    http://www.ipcop.org
    http://www.smoothwall.org

    Easy to install and gives very good performance and configurability. You can prioritize traffic, establish VPNs, it has a web proxy built-in to speed up web surfing, you can set up DHCP to hand out IP addresses to the machines inside the network, etc.

    The software is free (it is a highly customized Linux distribution, you do all configuration via a web interface) and if you already have a PC you can use for it you get a great firewall for peanuts.

    What you go with depends a lot on the size of the business too. For larger environments where you need maximum configurability, multiple subnets etc you'll need something pricier. http://www.checkpoint.com/ with their FW-1 are a big player but there are others.

    You also don't mention what your budget is for this...
     
  4. Christo Ramo

    Christo Ramo Stunt Coordinator

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    Depending on your budgets, there are 2 that I recommend, sonic or a cisco pix.
     

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