Living with a Smoothwall

January 26th, 2008 · No Comments

It’s been a few months now since I upgraded our firewall to a Smoothwall 3 installation. I’ve got to admit that the interface on this, while not quite as flexible as an outright Linux IPTables installation, is quite easy to manage and runs very, very reliably. I’ve had to update the static dhcp assignments a few times as we added Tivos, upgraded servers, etc. but it has been trivial to do so. It’s also been trivial to review the logs of blocked packets and debug some problems with devices talking to one another.

My only concerns are:

  • The speed at which it renders logs to a browser (it filters the standard messages log file for each request.)
  • There have been no updates released. Does that mean it is rock-solid-secure or does that mean they aren’t patching/fixing any security holes? I’m afraid its the latter.

We run our installation on a tiny, fan-less PC with a VIA C3 processor, 256MB of RAM, and a 8GB hard drive. You don’t need a lot of processing power for running Smoothwall. If you’re looking for new hardware, I’d recommend something like an ITX-sized motherboard and case. Links coming soon!

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