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Isaac `Ike` Levy on m0n0wall and PFSense
Source: New York City *BSD User Group
Added: 09 September 2006
Tags: nycbug, presentation, monowall, pfsense, isaac levy
UNIX professionals are busy these days. Setting up
routers and firewalls are fundamental to any network,
but in environments where the focus is on various
applications, (servers, workstations, and the
software that runs on them), it`s difficult for a
business not to choose off-the-shelf SOHO routers
and networking gear. The web management gui`s are
understandable by everyone, (even techs without
UNIX knowledge), and the gear is cheap - this saves
time and money.
In the meantime, the features of your average Linksys
or Netgear router often leave MUCH to be desired,
(https auth management, for one simple example).
Enter m0n0wall and PFSense, 2 BSD based packaged
router/firewall solutions that are as solid and
full featured as you`d expect from any BSD system-
PLUS THEY HAVE HTML WEB INTERFACES FOR MANAGEMENT!
m0n0wall and PFSense become an easy sell in any
small professional enviornment, any competent tech
can manage the network within minutes... At home,
in every hackers home network, they free the hacker
to have trusted tools available, but are as time-saving
as using any Linksys router.
m0n0wall and PFSense are both light and clean,
designed to run on embedded systems- (Soekris,
WRAP), but are monsters when unleashed on even
legacy PC`s around the office. If you manage UNIX
networks and systems all day, do you really want
to manage the router for your DSL when you get home?
But then doesn`t it bug you to use a chincey Linksys
Ike has been a member of NYC*BUG since we first
launched in January 2004. He is a long-time member
of the Lower East Side Mac Unix User Group. He has
spoken frequently on a number of topics at various
venues, particularly on the issue of FreeBSD`s jail