Is there a small hacker friendly firewall for home use?

Guillaume Lenoir eeff at
Tue Sep 6 11:14:36 UTC 2016


Although I'm not sure they are taking more orders at this time, Turris
Omnia just started production

It's based on openwrt and has a community of developers maintaining the
firmware therefor allowing automatic update option.

I'm waiting for mine ...

Otherwise, what about a raspberry pi III with full blown debian and
automatic security updates ? that was what I was about to order when I
found out about omnia because my linksys doesn't allow enough features
for what I want

freely yours,

On Tue, 2016-09-06 at 10:33 +0200, Miguel Tavares wrote: 
> Hello Max,
> Thx for the reply. APU2 looks interesting more for a home server than
> just to serve as a firewall to the home IoT and multimedia devices.
> I was actually looking more into a small router/firewall. I found out
> that there's some options, like rooting a small tp-link router I already
> own or just buying a router that already comes with OpenWRT by default.
> This last options are considerably more affordable (~30€) than an APU2
> (~130€). The possible drawback is that the firmware probably contains
> binary blobs (I'm not sure if it does, I couldn't find out yet).
> For home server for now I have a old fan less intel NUC working fine.
> When it needs updating a APU2 sure looks like a good option.
> Maybe we FSFE should start a campaign on "free your home network" and
> protect your home data (like the free your android). On the other hand..
> time seems to be a resource most of us are running out of to even keep
> the "free your android" campaign updated (my bad there too).
> Regards,
> Miguel
> On 05-09-2016 23:45, Max Mehl wrote:
> > Hi Miguel,
> > 
> > # Miguel Tavares [2016-09-03 10:45 +0200]:
> >> I was thinking of finding a device that would allow me to create a wifi
> >> network for this home devices (such as TV and what's not), monitor the
> >> connections created and have a white list of names and/or IP address
> >> that connections would be allowed.
> > 
> > Recently I heard the state of the art is using for example the APU2
> > system by PC Engines, which is a fully Free Software compatible network
> > device. For WiFi, PC Engines also sells compatible antennas. You can
> > install a network firewall OS like IPFire or pfSense on it which should
> > provide all features you mentioned (and lots more!).
> > 
> > Never used it but heard a few good reports about it.
> > 
> > Best,
> > Max
> > 
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