The best UTM Firewall solution

After setting up a good LAN I wanted utilize it fully with a good software UTM Firewall. There are some requirements:

  • Ability handle Vlan
  • Contentfiltering (preferably with different filters on vlans)
  • Addblocking
  • GUI – even though I like Linux, I prefer GUI over CLI
  • Be able to run in VMWare

I had some experience with PFSense, so why not start with that, I had some issues with setting up Vlan in the beginning (turned out to be rookie mistakes 😉  ) But luckily I was able to find a good guide on both PFsense and Vlan; I can only recommend  Calvins guide

I played around with PFSense for a while and it has a lot of features, some of them way above my level of competency and it can be tricky to configure -good guides can be found by googling 😉

It seemed there was some issues with Squid and Squidguard causing trouble when rebooting the firewall.

I then turned to Untangle, it has a very nice gui and easy to configure, it has content filtering and a separate add-blocker. It wasn’t until my 30-day trial expired and I had to use the free/lite version I discovered that you can only setup on policy and not separate policies per Vlan.

Currently I can live with that but I’m exploring other options and have been looking at ClearOS community edition and http://www.nethserver.org/

I have been running both in a test environment in VMWare but still haven’t made a descision, I hope to rate them later.

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