** firewall software for FreeBSD 6.2 amd64 **

Ben Schumacher me at benschumacher.com
Mon Mar 31 08:59:52 PDT 2008

On Mon, Mar 31, 2008 at 8:58 AM, David <drywash47 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> What is the most popular firewall software to run on a
>  stand-alone FreeBSD 6.2 amd64 server which can
>  restrict total bandwidth out of a machine and possibly
>  further limit bandwidth on a few domains names
>  themselves?
>  Is anything more mainstream or more popular then: ipfw
>  ?


As a matter of personal preference I use OpenBSD's pf on FreeBSD. I
find it a little more intuitive and flexible than ipfw, although I
haven't used ipfw for years so thinks could be very different these
days. Combined with ALTQ for traffic shaping, it's extremely flexible
and reliable. I've build several FreeBSD-based firewalls using it,
including one on a Soekris net4501 box that it used as a VPN-server
that is split between a trusted wired network and an open wireless

There are plenty of references on the web for configuration, including
some good examples in /usr/share/examples/pf.

For what it's worth, I don't think it's easy to quantify "more
mainstream or more popular".

Hope this helps.


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