I had a IPCop box that the motherboard died in. Right now I'm just using a DD-WRT router until I put together a new box. I was looking at some stuff on Linux firewalls, and I keept seeing post in forums and such saying that pfSense is better. What I want to know is why. I've spent a few hours looking into pfSense along with some other firwalls, and I am definetly interested. I especially like the Stunnel, because I think that I might be able to use it with HFS(http://www.rejetto.com/hfs/
). The dual WAN seems to be a big selling point. I am interested in that because I have a cable connection, and have always wanted to add a DSL connection since I'm always seeing adds for $15 a month deals. Anyways, I have a few questions, and I would also like to hear why you guys use pfSense.
I also heard that the VPN works with windows VPN client, is this true? (honestly its not that big of a deal to me, I have other means that I can create a VPN)
My main concern is speed. I want my network to be as fast as possible. Is pfSense faster than other firewalls?
I'm interested in the wireless support, but I was wondering if its like IPCop where its a separate LAN, or is it more like a commercial router where its just an AP, or can you do both?
I thought that I saw somewhere that it has URL filtering, but I can't seem to find where I saw that. Does it have URL filtering, and if so which black list does it use?
Whats the deal with Snort?
One of the features of some of the other firewalls is virus checking. This was something that I planned on putting on my IPCop box, but after thinking about I wasn't sure if it was a good idea. It seems to me that checking each packet will reduce the speed of my connection. pfSense doesn't seem to have this ability. What are your guy's thoughts on virus checking at the gate?
The hardware that I will be using is:
2.13ghz Celey socket 478
1GB (2x512mb dual channel) DDR333
ASRock Intel based microATX motehrboard
Intel gigabit NIC
3com 100mb NIC