WinGate is a sophisticated internet access control gateway and communications server designed to meet the control, security and communications needs of today's Internet-connected businesses.WinGate's comprehensive range of license options provides you the flexibility to choose the features and capabilities that best match your needs and budget, whether you need to manage an enterprise, small business, or home network.
Reviewing 7.0.0 Build 3239 Beta (May 31, 2011)
That's a very old screenshot above.
Sure you can get a proxy going on linux. Even intercepting one with squid + iptables. If you have a couple years.
But WinGate is a lot more than just a proxy. There's a heap more it can do. I think the previous reviewer never can have looked at 7 at all.
The new policy system is simply awesome. Drag and drop your own decisions. I been waiting for something like this for years (literally - WG6 was 2004)... now I get total control over my policy, plus I see how people get through it (path highlighting) and can close it down. Can set different reject messages depending on what you reject on.
Dashboards are another amazing new feature. You can set up switches which control things in policy - like turn on and off auth or scanning or whatever with a click. Can set permissions on dashboard so I can let my manager see some things and click some buttons but not mess with my config. I haven't played with it heaps but it's pretty cool - even get glass effect on meters, and a dinky 14 segment emulated display.
The other cool thing is the timeline. It shows you a real time moving bar-graph of sites people are on (and for how long). You can scroll back in time to see who was on what site when and for how long (and how much data)... like real time report with history.
Still looking through a bunch but this is first impressions, which is that this is HOT!
Reviewing 7.0.0 Build 3239 Beta (May 28, 2011)
Used to used this eons ago in the dark ages of dialup.
Then replaced it with a red hat linux box...RH v1...that gives you an idea of how long ago i used it
It was great in its day when it was about the only way to do what it does.
But in todays market its unfortunately and sadly irrelevant software.
A properly configured router or linux box even will do the job with far less tinkering needed on your network.
But it does what it does pretty well, so its a 3
Reviewing 6.2.1 Build 1113 (Feb 8, 2007)
Wingate does two things that no cheapo router I've ever seen can do: real-time detailed reports of all traffic, and full NAT while still taking advantage of a proxy cache. Its also just about the only way to share a dial-up connection, which is all that many of us can get (don't even mention XP's Internet Connection Sharing..*gag*). The documentation could be better and some functions are rather cryptic to configure (access policies come to mind). But its still the best software routing solution that I've come across, and I've tried most of them.
Reviewing 126.96.36.1992 Beta 2 (May 27, 2004)
The best routing progr, more stable than Kerio WinRoute Firewall. Replace with a simple router? But what about caching web-pages, e-mail server, firewall, protection from viruses, etc.?
Reviewing 5.0.4 Beta (Apr 14, 2003)
Help me out... why do i need this. I can just put 2 nic's I'm my computer and use a little hub and I'm done. Or i can just buy a router.
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