SmoothWall is a secure operating system that converts a redundant PC, workstation, fileserver, or rackmount device into a firewall and VPN gateway, but goes way beyond that remit. It is Webmanaged so no keyboard, monitor, or mouse on the device is needed. It supports Internal ISDN, all popular NICS, all popular connection types: Modem, ISDN, Cable, ADSL, USB ADSL, and Ethernet. It also features a fully logging firewall, DHCP server, IPSEC VPN capabilities, and much more.
Reviewing 3.0 Alpha (Koala) (May 11, 2007)
Bah humbug to SmoothWall. I used to run SW, then they got greedy and started only giving two squirts about their commercial products and customers and half of the developers split off and started IPCop which is what I run.
Reviewing 2.0 Final (Oct 3, 2005)
It's hard to imagine why anyone would use anything other than Smoothwall for an inexpensive and reliable means of securing a network. Given the fact that the system requirements are a 486 or above, that means that there is a viable purpose for outdated or obsolete PCs, that of dedicated Smoothwall appliances.
I have deployed several Smoothwall systems and have been able to connect secure VPN connections from my network to them giving me immediate access to remote networks for administration and maintenance.
It's hard to beat free when it comes to software costs, especially when the hardware needed to run it is usually lying around in the scrap heap.
There may be better alternatives out there when it comes to securing a network, but I haven't found it yet.
Reviewing 2.0 Final (Dec 21, 2003)
chappy71 .. that's got to be one of the funniest comments I've ever read. Thank you :)
Reviewing 2.0 Final (Dec 9, 2003)
I've been using Smoothwall for years now, and with the release of 2.0, the program is really starting to show its maturity. My only gripe at this point is (still) the VPN configuration. If they could only make it as easy to prep as say a sonicwall it would be flawless, but considering what you get for your money, this is one dedicated firewall that's pretty hard to beat.
Reviewing 2.0 Beta 4 (Mar 14, 2003)
The only reason I'm giving this product a lower rating isn't because it's technically deficient; rather, it's because the company funds those radical open source terrorists at the FSF.
Too bad; it's a great product but I won't be recommending it to any of my clients because of its hardline GPL stance.
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