The m1n1wall arrives pre-loaded with pfSense software.
pfSense is a free, open source firewall and router platform based on NanoBSD / FreeBSD that includes most all of the features of expensive, commercial firewalls. This next generation pfSense stateful firewall for embedded applications supports:
pfSense provides a software packaging system which allows for the extension of functionality beyond its extensive core feature set. Core features include:
After trying other "top of the line" home/small-business routers/firewalls, and suffering through lockups, buggy features, overheating, etc, I decided to get the m1n1wall in red. It's be almost six months now and it has NEVER locked up. It runs very cool even without a fan. So no noisy or hot routers.
Would highly recommend this product!
I've used numerous firewall/routers over the years, and after a ton of research bought one of these for my small business. We've been using it for several months now and have been so happy with it that I'm buying three more for home + other organizations I work with.
We use this as a captive portal for our guest internet access with 50+ users and it rocks. The ALIX boards are so versatile.
This is an excellent firewall/vpn/router. The fanless operation is idea, and pfSense software package is very easy to setup and use. Plug, configure and forget! I have not had to reboot this device once nor has it stopped working. I would recommend this for the intermediate to advanced user, home, non-profit and small office/home office user.
A brilliant mix of hardware and software -- I work with nonprofits and they love hearing that they get a router with QoS, VPN, etc. for this kind of price.