woodrowbone

Level 10
Verified
Hi guys,
I like to create some discussions, and most of all input from our users when it comes to our first line of defense, the router/firewall.

We have some separate threads in this regard, like Gryphon, Avira SafeThings etc, but I want to create a space where we mixem all up ;)
Let´s compare, twist and turn, pick each others brain when it comes to tweaks, hardware etc.

There are many solutions out there when it comes to build your own router/firewall, often free solutions to install on your own hardware.
With hardware now available in small form factors, it´s getting more and more interesting for entusiasts to build their own solution.

My favorites so far is Untangle (very easy to install and manage), you can even use it to filter traffic behind your present router ,if you install it in bridge mode.

Years ago I used Sophos UTM, harder to setup but I did like the dual AV engines it provided.
Today they seem to only develop their XG version witch I am very interested in, if anyone uses it please share your toughs.

I hope this thread will catch on, as the importance of securing not just your computer, but all other connected stuff gets more important by the day.

/W
 

scorpionv

Level 2
I use Sophos UTM 9 (aka Sophos Home UTM). Steep learning curve and a pain to setup, but it works beautifully.
Sophos XG is the new product, but it seems to be less mature that Sophos UTM 9. So I don't want to make the switch yet.

It is very important to secure your whole network, especially with the cheap IOT stuff that does not get updated a lot.
 

woodrowbone

Level 10
Verified
Back in the day I also used the UTM Home (former Astaro), best in the field then.
Now all development seems to be pointed at the XG version, I hope someone who experienced it will share his/her thoughts here.

/W
 

scorpionv

Level 2
Sophos XG user experiences would be nice indeed, and I would like to know if the Gryphon sits in the same league as well. My impression of the Gryphon is that it is a little less configurable than Sophos, and therefore easier to use, but that impression is based on the Gryphon topic over here. No actual experience.

I do have a spare PC laying around for trying out another firewall/UTM, but my time is very limited atm. We'll see when I get to that.

About hardware, is the Gryphon software installable on any hardware, or do you need to buy the actual router?
 

woodrowbone

Level 10
Verified
Sophos XG is a ful fledged enterprise UTM, so it should be much more powerful than a Gryphon.
From what I understand, Gryphon is hardware only, no software to play around with.

I did not test XG myself yet, but I hear it is a bit complicated to setup.
You have tons of setting to configure if you like, dual AV:s, ML/AI, country geo blocking, etc, etc...
If you get the time please try it out and see if you find it easy enough to use, I will as soon as I can get a fiber provider here.

/W
 
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