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Old 10-26-2006, 06:19 AM   #1
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Smoothwall vs IPCop for beginner


I'm working on building a Linux firewall. I can't decided whether to use Smoothwall or IPCop. I have never done this before, and have never used Linux. So far IPCop seems like the best route because it seems easier to install addons.

I have also noticed that there are mods for VPN server on both. Does anyone know, if I were to install one of these would I be able to use the Windows network shares on my LAN from a remote location? How difficult is it to install/configure them, because I had a hard time understanding the instructions for OpenVPN for Windows configuration instructions, and I'm actually looking for something a bit easier, or possibly a link to some better instructions on installing OpenVPN.

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Old 10-26-2006, 08:47 AM   #2
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Hi,

I recommend IPCop over Smoothwall. This old SecurityFocus article gives a good introduction:
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IPCop is derived from the SmoothWall project but was forked as a separate project for a two main reasons:

* To provide better, and more friendly support. Because the SmoothWall authors have both a GPL and a commercial product, it is obviously in their interests to support the commercial version more than the GPL version. The IPCop authors are providing support for a GPL product.
* To provide some additional features. There are some additional features planned for the commercial version of SmoothWall, which the IPCop authors have plans to implement in their GPL-ed product.
As you said, it's also easier to install addons for it (IME, anyway).

If you set up a VPN, you would be able to access your network shares from a remote location if you connect to the VPN. The VPN effectively allows you to connect to your home network even though you're not there, so you'll be able to access them just as easily (or otherwise!) as ever.

It is quite easy to configure them on IPCop. Take a look at this tutorial: http://www.taupehat.com/vpn/

HTH,

-jk
 
Old 10-26-2006, 09:58 AM   #3
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Awesome. Thanks for the Link, thats a really nice how to with pictures and everything.

Yeah I think I'm going to go with IPCop.
 
Old 10-26-2006, 10:04 AM   #4
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Great! Let me know if you need any help

And don't forget to check out the IPCop documentation

Cheers,

-jk
 
Old 10-26-2006, 11:08 AM   #5
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dude I already answered this question for you on hothardware...
 
Old 10-27-2006, 03:26 AM   #6
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check out www.ipcops.com
thats like LQ but soly for IP cop, very usefull when i installed and used it
 
Old 10-27-2006, 10:37 AM   #7
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dude I already answered this question for you on hothardware...
I don't think that I actually asked this question on hothardware. I just wanted to verify my decision. There aren't a lot of people that answer Linux or networking questions over there. Is this pcthuglife?

Crap I just noticed that I misspelled IPCop in the title.

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