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Old 05-27-2015, 06:17 PM   #1
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Linux Firewall Distro suggestions


Hey LQ,

I have an old netbook laying around that I was thinking would make a good low power router. It has wifi and such built into it so I was thinking it would be a nice upgrade from the little Dlink router I'm using.

Specifically I want to set up my own router so I can monitor how much data I'm using. I keep going over 300gb / month and I'd like to be notified of when this happens. Is there any out of the box distros that can perform this kind of thing?

I used monowall back in the day but I see that it's development has ended now.
 
Old 05-28-2015, 11:55 AM   #2
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If you liked m0n0wall, then pfSense is an old fork of it. But you might like plain FreeBSD or even OpenBSD which has a more recent PF. OpenBSD is quite light. But with those you might have to check to see if your wireless is supported at all.

If you're looking for a GNU/Linux system, then you could try something like Debian or Ubuntu LTS from a stripped down installation, like Debian netboot or Ubuntu core. They tend to have a wide range for wireless support.

PF is, IMHO, much easier to work with than IPTables, so I'd lean that direction if it's an option for your wireless, especially since you used to use m0n0wall.

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I forgot about OPNsense which is a fork of pfSense and thus based on FreeBSD. It is fairly new.
 
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If you liked m0n0wall, then pfSense is an old fork of it. But you might like plain FreeBSD or even OpenBSD which has a more recent PF. OpenBSD is quite light. But with those you might have to check to see if your wireless is supported at all.

If you're looking for a GNU/Linux system, then you could try something like Debian or Ubuntu LTS from a stripped down installation, like Debian netboot or Ubuntu core. They tend to have a wide range for wireless support.

PF is, IMHO, much easier to work with than IPTables, so I'd lean that direction if it's an option for your wireless, especially since you used to use m0n0wall.
I forgot to mention I want a web interface.
 
  


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