FirePanel XP 2.2 for Windows

by Smokey

Avg. Rating 3.1 (27 votes)

File Details

File Size 0.3 MB
License Shareware, $10.00
Operating System Windows Server 2003/XP
Date Added
Total Downloads 7,221
Publisher Smokey
Homepage FirePanel XP

Publisher's Description

FirePanel XP is an extension for the new firewall found in Windows XP SP2 and Windows Server 2003 SP1. It improves your Windows Firewall with features not normally available to users. Set rules, monitor your firewall activity, filter packets, watch logs, and keep realtime tabs on what exactly your connection is being exposed to. Protect servers from most unsolicited internet traffic and malicious probes, by specifying which addresses can even find that open port. If the IP is not on the list, the packet is simply dropped and logged, limiting the surface of attack on your connection. There are multiples panes to display all important network information and the rules protecting your system.

Latest Reviews

Looooooka

Looooooka reviewed v1.6.0.0 on Jun 3, 2005

.NET guilty for slowness?
get real man

czydg

czydg reviewed v1.5.7.0 on Jan 14, 2005

Man, I haven't even finished downloading this program, but I just reckon anyone with smokey's sense of humour deserves 5 stars for bustin' his chops so hard.

svschfer

svschfer reviewed v1.5.6.0 on Dec 20, 2004

This offers really no advantage over the native XP/2003 Firewall UI and viewing the log in Notepad (which evens gives more information and performs a 1000 times better). Looks like a overpriced implementation of some free sample code.

smokey.

smokey. reviewed v1.5.2.0 on Nov 14, 2004

The gui is set to those colors so when youre staring into your logs at 3am you don't go blind.

I busted my chops writing this app, so I rate myself a 5. =}

Smokey

PiotrZagawa

PiotrZagawa reviewed v1.5.1750 on Oct 18, 2004

Idea is great, but implementation hopeless.
First, proggy uses .NET Framework, so loads and runs very long time, slows system startup (Celeron D, 2.53GHz, 512MB RAM). Tool like this should be written in native C++ or Delphi. Second, UI is poor, looking like Windows 3x. Third: too many bugs, framework exceptions all the time.

VictorAnderson

VictorAnderson reviewed v1.5.1744 on Oct 13, 2004

Attn: MoebiusStreet
Where, extacly, are you determining that someone has claimed this is 'freeware'? It clearly states in this website that it is not freeware, that it is shareware?

I have rated this a 3 (neutral) because I don't feel I've tested enough yet to give it a fair review - perhaps this weekend I will have more time.

alexrhcosta

alexrhcosta reviewed v1.5.1744 on Oct 13, 2004

It´s sad that stupid people like this one below rate software based on the fact that it is ou is not freeware, shareware, or claims to be freeware, or whatever! Buddy, you are an idiot. The purpose of rating a piece of software should be based on its functionality and features. It´s time to learn it.
Anyway, this is a decent software, works good for me. I´m just not sure if it´s good enough to be paid for.

MoebiusStreet

MoebiusStreet reviewed v1.5.1744 on Oct 12, 2004

This is not freeware. From the web site:
"R19 Software Company (R19 Software) hereby gives you a non-exclusive license to use the software FirePanel XP (the Software). For evaluation, the license is granted, and is time-limited. For registered release you have to pay a license fee, by following instructions provided at: http://www.router19.org/software.aspx "

Since this fails the criteria of "freeware" entirely, I must give a rating of 1.

UPDATE in response to criticism above. As shareware, it might be great, I don't know, I was rating it as what it claimed to be. If Notepad claimed to be a word processor, would you rate that good just because it was a good notepad? No, you rate it based on how well it achieves its goals. This claimed to be freeware, and did not achieve that promise. Hence it fails in delivering its promise.

Anyway, other readers need to know that it's not really free. How do you post that, when the web site forces a rating?

Avg. Rating 3.1 (27 votes)
Your Rating
Looooooka

Looooooka reviewed v1.6.0.0 on Jun 3, 2005

.NET guilty for slowness?
get real man

czydg

czydg reviewed v1.5.7.0 on Jan 14, 2005

Man, I haven't even finished downloading this program, but I just reckon anyone with smokey's sense of humour deserves 5 stars for bustin' his chops so hard.

svschfer

svschfer reviewed v1.5.6.0 on Dec 20, 2004

This offers really no advantage over the native XP/2003 Firewall UI and viewing the log in Notepad (which evens gives more information and performs a 1000 times better). Looks like a overpriced implementation of some free sample code.

smokey.

smokey. reviewed v1.5.2.0 on Nov 14, 2004

The gui is set to those colors so when youre staring into your logs at 3am you don't go blind.

I busted my chops writing this app, so I rate myself a 5. =}

Smokey

PiotrZagawa

PiotrZagawa reviewed v1.5.1750 on Oct 18, 2004

Idea is great, but implementation hopeless.
First, proggy uses .NET Framework, so loads and runs very long time, slows system startup (Celeron D, 2.53GHz, 512MB RAM). Tool like this should be written in native C++ or Delphi. Second, UI is poor, looking like Windows 3x. Third: too many bugs, framework exceptions all the time.

VictorAnderson

VictorAnderson reviewed v1.5.1744 on Oct 13, 2004

Attn: MoebiusStreet
Where, extacly, are you determining that someone has claimed this is 'freeware'? It clearly states in this website that it is not freeware, that it is shareware?

I have rated this a 3 (neutral) because I don't feel I've tested enough yet to give it a fair review - perhaps this weekend I will have more time.

alexrhcosta

alexrhcosta reviewed v1.5.1744 on Oct 13, 2004

It´s sad that stupid people like this one below rate software based on the fact that it is ou is not freeware, shareware, or claims to be freeware, or whatever! Buddy, you are an idiot. The purpose of rating a piece of software should be based on its functionality and features. It´s time to learn it.
Anyway, this is a decent software, works good for me. I´m just not sure if it´s good enough to be paid for.

MoebiusStreet

MoebiusStreet reviewed v1.5.1744 on Oct 12, 2004

This is not freeware. From the web site:
"R19 Software Company (R19 Software) hereby gives you a non-exclusive license to use the software FirePanel XP (the Software). For evaluation, the license is granted, and is time-limited. For registered release you have to pay a license fee, by following instructions provided at: http://www.router19.org/software.aspx "

Since this fails the criteria of "freeware" entirely, I must give a rating of 1.

UPDATE in response to criticism above. As shareware, it might be great, I don't know, I was rating it as what it claimed to be. If Notepad claimed to be a word processor, would you rate that good just because it was a good notepad? No, you rate it based on how well it achieves its goals. This claimed to be freeware, and did not achieve that promise. Hence it fails in delivering its promise.

Anyway, other readers need to know that it's not really free. How do you post that, when the web site forces a rating?

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