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Old 06-03-2005, 09:43 AM   #1
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Thoughts on SmoothWall vs. IP Cop??

Hey guys,

I was just looking over the IP Cop website and it looks pretty nice. I have been using SmoothWall for a little less than a year now, and it works great. It does just about everything I want it to do, and on some pretty low-end hardware.

The thing that caught my eye about IP Cop was the add-ons for web content filtering. Which, is making me consider switching. Now, I know that I can use any regular distro for firewalling, but I want to continue using a specialized firewall distro, because..well.. .I want to. lol

I was just curious as to peoples thought regarding SmoothWall vs. IP Cop for corporate network firewalling. Any input is appreciated, thanks.
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Pretty much functionally identical and interchangeable.
I have switched back and forth depending on difficulties with one or the other.
From an older Smoothwall due to difficulties updating. From an older IP cop due to NIC problems (older version worked, newer did not).

EDIT:After rereading this:
for corporate network firewalling
What I said applies to the freely available version.
Are you using the completely free or the $$$ version of Smoothwall. I believe there is a difference there.

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Old 06-04-2005, 02:56 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info.

I'm using SmoothWall Express (free version). It has always worked great sicne I started and I think I'll probably stick with it. I've made some customizations to it, and I understand it pretty well. SmoothWall seems to be a little more polished too, so that's a plus.

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Smoothwall has proxy filtering

Hey just to let you know Smoothwall actually has a module for filtering the proxy its called DansGaurdian. Its actually created by the same guys who made smoothwall. Its not actually integrated into the web interface, but people have got it running on a smoothwall box. Here is a link to the smoothwall forum on how to install DansGaurdian

Heres the link
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i know Dan's Guardian.. but it's not developed by the SmoothWall team.. I did not know about the DGAV combo pack though.. i think I shall be implementing that shortly.. I have decided to stay with SmoothWall though.. it's just generally more polished and such than anything else I've used... and makes more sense than the Cisco PIX 506 I have!!! lol...

I have recently noticed Novell's Security Manager as well... which is similar and also Linux-based... albeit not free(of course)... But it does look nice.. I have gotten a 90 day trial and will be testing it at home...


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