Smoothwall Corporate Firewall 5 Released

November 1, 2006 at 12:09 pm 1 comment

On Monday, the open source group behind Smoothwall, announced the release of version 5 of their Corporate Firewall solution. I’ve had a brief look at their GPLed Express firewall software once before and was really impressed at the time. However, things seem to have moved on significantly since I last looked into what you get in the smoothwall package.

Smoothwall Firewall allows non-technical users to easily build a firewall to securely connect a network of
computers to the Internet. Almost any Pentium class PC can be used, even an old low specification PC long
redundant as a desktop or server. SmoothWall Express creates a dedicated hardware firewall, offering the
facilities and real security associated with hardware device. So basically, you can grab one of your very old PCs, pop in the installer CD, and at the end you’ll have an enterprise ready firewall and gateway system that competes reasonably with the more expensive offerings out there.

Once installed, you should come out with a device that can be administered through a friendly web interface. This system, supports a massive range of modems and ADSL modems, technically allowing you to set the sytem up as your company router and Internet gateway. SSH access can also be configured, and the web interface also has a nifty Java based SSH client for you to access the command line even when you’re working on the system remotely.

But the corporate firewall comes with a bundle of extra goodies that seriously make this product look worthwhile to any small business. Firstly, the VPN options cover nearly every possibility and make the setup for your road-warriors a snap. Enhanced reporting facilities includes automatic incident alert messages sent via SMS text message and email. Web proxy services are a breeze to get up and running and can offer cacheing services to reduce your overall network usage. Apparently the updated SmoothGuardian module includes anti-virus scanning and improved malicious code detection capabilities, which forms an email proxy server option.

Perhaps the most exciting feature in the package is the VOIP gateway system that has been built into the software. This allows you to easily set up your own SIP proxy to use with internet telephony service providers. This means that in the future, using this system may help you reduce your telephony costs significantly and will allow you to manage your internal IP phone system inhouse without the need for fancy VOIP gateway hardware.

Overall, the product looks good and has rave reviews. If you’re thinking about setting up all of these facilities in your company, definitely spend some time looking over what SmoothWall has to offer.


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  • 1. liu780  |  October 30, 2007 at 7:32 am



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