Top Open Source Firewall, Gateway and appliances

In computing, a firewall is a network security system that monitors and controls incoming and outgoing network traffic based on predetermined security rules. A firewall typically establishes a barrier between a trusted internal network and untrusted external network, such as the Internet.

Top Open Source Firewall, Gateway and appliances
Top Open Source Firewall, Gateway and appliances

Hello there guys, today session I would like to share with all of you about some top awesome Open Source Firewall, Gateway and appliances.

What is Firewall?

In computing, a firewall is a network security system that monitors and controls incoming and outgoing network traffic based on predetermined security rules. A firewall typically establishes a barrier between a trusted internal network and untrusted external network, such as the Internet.

What is Gateway?

A gateway is a piece of networking hardware used in telecommunications for telecommunications networks that allows data to flow from one discrete network to another.

What is Software Appliance?

A software appliance is a software application combined with just enough operating system (JeOS) to run optimally on industry-standard hardware (typically a server) or in a virtual machine.[1] It is a software distribution or firmware that implements a computer appliance.

 

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Below are the top list of open source firewall, gateway and appliances.

BrazilFW (Free) Mini Linux distribution designed to be used as a Firewall and Router that runs easily on older computers.

ClearOS Community (Free) Linux distribuiton designed for use in small and medium enterprises as a network gateway and network server with a web-based administration interface.

Endian (Free) Linux based product designed for home that can transform any unused hardware appliance into a full-featured Unified Threat Management solution and to make security simple and help protect home networks by using the power of Opensource.

IPCop (Free) The IPCop Firewall is a Linux firewall distribution. It is geared towards home and SOHO users. The IPCop web-interface is very user-friendly and makes usage easy.

IPFire (Opensource) The Open Source Firewall Distribution.

NethServer (Opensource) NethServer is an operating system for Linux enthusiasts, designed for small offices and medium enterprises.

OPNsense (Opensource) OPNsense is an open source, easy-to-use and easy-to-build FreeBSD based firewall and routing platform.

pfSense (Opensource) The pfSense project is a free network firewall distribution, based on the FreeBSD operating system with a custom kernel and including third party free software packages for additional functionality.

Smoothwall (Free) Free firewall that includes its own security-hardened GNU/Linux operating system and an easy-to-use web interface.

Sophos UTM Home Edition (Free) Sophos UTM is easy to use, thanks to the configurable real-time dashboard, flexible modular licensing, and intuitive reusable network object definitions.

Untangle NG Firewall (Free) NG Firewall manages every aspect of network control from content filtering to web caching, remote access to policy enforcement, all in one simple, drag & drop interface.

VyOS (Opensource) VyOS is a community fork of Vyatta, a Linux-based network operating system that provides software-based network routing, firewall, and VPN functionality.

Zentyal Server (Opensource, Forum) The on-premise Mail and Directory server.

I hope you find it useful and help you gain a lot of knowledge, cheers guys.