Our home network has 5 PCs and a wireless router on a cable-modem connection at present.
Nothing very complicated.
I used to have it all protected by running it through an ancient win98 PC running Sygate Home Network® and BlackIce, but it got beyond it's years...so I looked around and saw many glowing recommendations in favour of the Astaro Security Gateway praising how wonderful it is - and free for home users - so I downloaded & installed it and then the fun began...
I'll happily explain later why I am very disappointed with it - but for now I wish to ask for help, please.
I'd like to replace it with something which works well - but which does not require one to be a career sys-admin to configure it.
If possible these are the features desired:
* Free for all the features I'm listing here.
* Very easy/basic configuration for all features.
* Firewall protection for the home network.
* Some kind of virus protection included.
* Wireless abilities for either an access point or control of a router.
And if possible, these 2 other things would be wonderful:
1. Secured access to some files at home for when I am at work.
2. Storage in the same system for those files.
Nobody needs any special things for gaming or such fancy stuff, this is all basically just for email & normal browsing.
Some time back I tried installing & setting up Clark Connect (now ClearOS), and a few others found at this list (with very little success)=>
(And since that list was put up & updated alot of them have started charging to get all their features - and some have such poor documentation that it is like staring at alien symbols just to try and figure out their web-sites !!!)
I don't want to try navigating this subject anymore by sheer trial & error, so I am hoping some folks will guide me to a solution which is easy enough for a dummy like me to install, set-up, and use.
(Thanks for any help !!!)
Regarding Astaro - they DO allow home users to license their ASG software for 5 years for free, which is very nice, but there is a bit of trickery too, meaning - it is intended for sys-admins and network engineers so they can use it at home, see how great it is, then recommend it for their work - so it's REALLY just a promo for paying customers and they say so openly.
And, when an ordinary Joe like me asks for help he gets snotty answers, made fun of, and told to read the (very intimidating) 600 page manual, which is as unhelpful a thing as I've EVER seen.
ASG has everything including the kitchen sink - BUT=> I simply cannot understand the manual well enough to get the wireless & remote access working and I quit trying to get help from their forum after I got slapped around verbally too much anytime I asked for help.
Replies there just basically say 'Look fool, this is a GREAT tool for the big boys, and you're just a nobody, so bugger off !'.
So here I am, humbly asking as just a regular guy for help in hopes I can get some good help MINUS the broken nose !!?
Again, thanks for any help.