List of router and firewall distributions
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|Alpine Linux||Active||Linux distribution||x86, x86-64, ARM||Open source||Free||Linux distribution running from a RAM drive. Its original target was small appliances like routers, VPN gateways, or embedded x86 devices. However, it supports hosting other Linux guest OSes under LXC control, making it an attractive hosting solution as well. Uses Busybox and musl.|
|Bifrost Network Project||Active||Linux distribution||x86||?||Free||The goal of this project is to find out stability, performance, filter capabilities, administration, computer security, scalability and development possibilities of a Linux-based streamlined router/firewall system. Recent distributions are being used as pure Internet routers, equipped with 1 GB or more of internal memory.|
|BSD Router Project||Active||FreeBSD derivative||x86, x86-64, sparc64||Simplified BSD License||Free||Router distribution that uses Quagga and Bird.|
|ClarkConnect||Inactive||Linux distribution||x86||?||Free but paid support||Firewall and Internet server distribution. Now known as ClearOS.
Updated on ClearOS' web page: ClearOS Pedigree
|ClearOS||Active||Red Hat Enterprise Linux derivative||x86, x86-64||GPL and others||Free or paid registration||Router and firewall for SMBs with network, gateway and server modules accessed through WebConfig. A paid registration for extra online services is available, but not necessary for operation of the product.|
|Devil-Linux||Active||Linux distribution||x86, x86-64||?||Free||Firewall/router/server distribution running from CD.|
|DD-WRT||Active||Linux distribution||MIPS, x86, ARM||?||Free or paid registration for x86||Embedded Linux firmware distribution available on a variety of wireless routers.|
|Endian Firewall||Active||Linux distribution||x86||?||Free (PC) or hardware version||UTM distribution with routing, firewall, anti-spam and anti-virus for web, FTP and e-mail, OpenVPN, IPsec, hotspot functionality, and captive portal (missing in community version). Endian Firewall Community (EFW) is a complete version for x86. The anti-virus for EFW is Sophos or ClamAV. The intrusion protection is Snort.|
|fli4l||Active||Linux distribution||x86, x86-64||GPL (Free software)||Free||Linux-based router project supporting a large set of layer-1 technologies (e.g. Ethernet LAN, Wireless LAN, ISDN, DSL, UMTS), layer-3 protocols and functionality (IPv4, IPv6, stateful packet filter), and various network-related functionality (e.g. Bridging, Bonding, VLANs; DNS, DHCPv4, DHCPv6, IPv6 RA; PPP (client+server), PPTP (client+server), Multilink PPP, OpenVPN, 6in4 tunneling; support for various DynDNS clients, NTP time synchronization). It is easily extendable by a large number of additional packages.|
|floppyfw||Inactive||Linux distribution||x86||?||Free||Single-floppy router with Linux's advanced firewall capabilities.|
|FREESCO||Active||Linux distribution||x86||?||Free||Free replacement for proprietary routers supporting up to 10 network cards and up to 10 modems.|
|FreeWRT||Inactive||Linux distribution||MIPS (Broadcom)||?||Free||Router distribution.|
|Global Technology Associates, Inc.||Active||FreeBSD derivative||??||?||Free (limited functionality) or paid||GB-OS firewall and UTM appliance.|
|IPCop||Active||Linux distribution||x86||Open source||Free||Router/firewall distribution.|
|IPFire||Active||Linux distribution||x86, ARM||GPL||Free||Router/firewall distribution.|
|Kerio Control||Active||Linux||x86-64||Proprietary||Paid hardware or virtual appliance||Router/firewall distribution.|
|LEAF Project||Active||Linux distribution||x86||?||Free||Linux Embedded Appliance Framework; a customizable embedded Linux network appliance used as an Internet gateway, router, firewall, and wireless access point.|
|Mikrotik RouterOS||Active||Linux-based||MIPS, PowerPC, x86, TILE||?||Demo (full functionality for 24 hours) or paid||Linux-based operating system with MPLS, BGP, OSPF, firewalling, traffic control, VPN, IPsec. Free version requires one to sign up for an account on their website.|
|m0n0wall||Inactive||FreeBSD derivative||x86||?||Free||Development ended 2015-02-15. Small web-administrative router/firewall/VPN (IPsec/PPTP only; no OpenVPN) distribution.|
|Netdeep Secure||Active||Linux-based||x86, x86-64||Open Source||Free, with paid services available||First Next Generation Open Source Firewall, with Deep Packet Inspection.|
|Openwall||Active||Linux||x86, x86-64||?||Free||GNU/*/Linux (or Owl for short) is a small security-enhanced Linux distribution for servers, appliances, and virtual appliances.|
|OpenWrt||Active||Linux||x86, x86-64, MIPS, ARM, PowerPC, AVR32, CRIS, m68k, SPARC, SuperH, Ubicom32, etc.||?||Free||Niche Linux distribution with a focus on CPE-routers and similar embedded devices. Its comprehensive build system is based upon a heavily modified uClibc#Buildroot and suitable for embedded systems in general.|
|OS/VX||Active||Linux distribution||x86-64||?||Free||VyOS derivative ported to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS runtime with many improvements. Intended to be run on a specialized hardware platform, but can be used with an ordinary PC too.|
|pfSense||Active||FreeBSD derivative||x86, x86-64||?||Free or paid||Customized distribution tailored for use as a firewall, router, DHCP server, gateway, OpenVPN, IPsec, proxy and anti-virus (Snort).|
|SmartRouter||Active||Linux distribution||x86||?||Free||SmartRouter Project is a router/firewall distribution based on BrazilFW.|
|SME Server||Active||CentOS derivative||x86, x86-64||?||Free||Router/firewall and web-, file-, email- and database server distribution based on CentOS.|
|Smoothwall||Active||Linux distribution||x86||various Open source licences||Free or paid||Router/firewall distribution with a web interface and light terminal.|
|SonicWALL||Active||SonicOS||??||?||Paid hardware/virtual appliance and Live CD||Router/firewall and UTM.|
|Sophos||Active||Linux derivative||x86, x86-64||?||Free, Paid or hardware/virtual appliance||UTM - offers free home use for up to 50 clients. Provides HTTP/S web filtering, spam filtering, antivirus (web and email), VPN (PPTP and a HTML5 agentless VPN) and Point-to-point links between UTM and other devices via IPSec and SSL-VPN. Formerly Astaro Security Gateway.|
|Threenix||Active||Linux distribution||x86||?||Free or paid||Enterprise-class router, firewall, VPN, intrusion protection, e-mail security and web security with a powerful CLI for simple and central administration.|
|Tomato Firmware||Active||Linux distribution||Broadcom only: MIPS, ARM||?||Free||Free HyperWRT-based, Linux core firmware distribution for many Broadcom-based wireless routers, originally Linksys WRT54G. Now being ported to ARM-based consumer routers.|
|Untangle||Active||Debian derivative||x86, x86-64||?||Free with paid add-ons||GPLv2 firewall and router that runs 13 paid and 13 free open source applications including spam blocker, virus blocker, web filter, OpenVPN, IPsec, protocol control and more.|
|Vyatta||Subscription Edition: Active. Community Edition: Inactive||Linux distribution||x86, x86-64||?||Free or paid||Enterprise-class router, firewall, VPN, intrusion protection and more delivered as a complete network operating system that runs on x86 hardware or in XenServer, VMware or Hyper-V to provide vFirewall, vRouter network virtualization functionality.|
|VyOS||Active||Linux distribution||x86, x86-64||?||Free||Based on Vyatta. After Brocade halted development of Vyatta CE (free edition) in favor of the subscription edition, this project aims to keep open source development going.|
|Windows RRAS||Active||Windows add-in feature||x86, x86-64||?||Requires prerequisite Windows OS license||Windows Routing and Remote Access Service is a feature that can be installed on Windows (mainly server) Operating Systems, and can perform routing functions, NAT, and implement firewall rules.|
|Zentyal (formerly eBox Platform)||Active||Ubuntu derivative||x86, x86-64||Open source||Free with paid services available||Zentyal is an open-source router/firewall and small business server.|
|Zeroshell||Active||Linux distribution||x86||?||Free (contribution required for some graphing functions)||Web-administrative router/firewall live CD with QoS features. It is also able to act as a Wi-Fi access point with advanced features such as the multiple SSID and 802.1x RADIUS authentication. Zeroshell supports VLAN trunking (802.1q), bridging, WAN load balancing, and fail-over features.|
- "ClearOS". Clarkconnect.com. Retrieved 2015-07-31.
- "ClearOS legacy editions". clearos.com. Retrieved 2015-12-24.
- "WXA 500 WAN Acceleration Software Live CD - Dell SonicWALL, Inc". Sonicwall.com. Retrieved 2015-07-31.
- "Next-Gen Firewall | Network UTM Firewall Appliances | Sophos NGFW". Sophos.com. Retrieved 2015-07-31.
- "Tomato for ARM routers". Linksysinfo.org. Retrieved 2015-07-31.