|brent timothy saner on 19 Sep 2017 13:05:34 -0700|
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|Re: [PLUG] best router distros for x86?|
On 09/19/2017 03:36 PM, Greg Helledy wrote: > My Linksys router running Tomato has begun to show its age, and can't > keep up with the higher speeds I can now get through FIOS. > So, I've obtained one of those PCs that come in a router-sized case, as > we discussed on this list some months back. It has a quad-core Celeron, > 4 gigabit LANs, 4 GB RAM and a 60 GB SSD, which should be enough for any > OS in that type of role. > > While any distro can be a router and firewall, there are ones specially > made for the purpose. I'm familiar with ClearOS, and I've heard of > pfSense, and Sophos and Nethserver and I know there are many others. I > don't know that I need a whole lot more than a router and firewall > function, but maybe a VPN would be good, and maybe there are other > features out there I'm not aware of. Whatever I choose I'll probably be > dealing with for years so I'd like to make a good choice. What would > you install? rather than tell you what *i* use, i'ma ask some questions here to find out what's best for *you*. do you plan on implementing separate networks? do you like to dig deep into the internals and making them perform *exactly* how you like even if it takes a lot of time, or are you more interested in getting a configuration set up that "mostly works" like you want it to as long as it's a quick setup? (similarly, do you prefer to grok what you set up or do you prefer turnkey applications?) do you need/want a graphical (web) interface? if not, do you prefer something more "*nix-y" (managing services directly) or more "appliance-y" (abstraction layer/CLI specifically designed for the role is present)? do you want to pay money for it?
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