Solved Good and cheap hardware for x86

September 20, 2012 at 03:05:15
Specs: Macintosh
Just watched a youtube clip how to install a free firewall/router from halon security, VSR. Some guy did a videoblog how to install:

I've heard of Soekris but could someone please recommend some hardware around $100 to put this router on, thanks!


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September 20, 2012 at 07:10:49
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Our security guy here where I work has a couple Soekris boxes in production at the moment. All I can tell you about them is I know he's running FreeBSD on them and using them for either routing, or as a firewall. I'm sure if you look around online you'll find some other devices like the Soekris devices.

You do realize that if you're planning on using a Linux or UNIX based firewall solution, you could also do it with an older PC that has two (or more) NIC's in it. That's a pretty inexpensive solution too.

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How charged with punishments the scroll,
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September 20, 2012 at 10:48:39
Hi Curt,
Thanks for your reply and thoughts. Yes, I agree we could use some old hardware though I prefer something smaller than a desktop pc. So far I've tried it on VMware.

Well, I could just put some bsd or linux on a box but their solution is neat and best of all, it is so easy to setup. Real nice GUI and enough features for me just using their free edition. Forgot old mess with iptables or pf, configurations ,etc. They are very open and use OpenBSD. You can tell your security guy at your office to check it out himself, .

Anyway, I'll need to look through my closet after old pentium stuff and 2 nics.

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September 21, 2012 at 11:30:39
Thanks for this post. I love playing with open source UTM solutions and have not heard of Halon before. I turned an old Dell Dimension 4200 into a nice UTM for home using pfSense, and just recently switched to Endian to try it out. You don't need much in the sense of hardware depending on the services the UTM will be running and the amount of simultaneous connections you expect. I would look on eBay for an older dual core box with 2-4GB of RAM.


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September 24, 2012 at 09:48:58
Thanks Tony for your reply and ideas. According to this fw maker, halon security, their solution can be used on 128Mb, I like that and it could suite small SBC and cheap boards very well. Still it is Intel X86 32/64 bit based according to vendor, .

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