Intel compatible computer with dual network interfaces. (Any previous OS or files on the computer will be overwritten when installing the XG Firewall Home Edition)Home Edition is limited to 4 cores and 6 GB of RAM. The computer can have more than this, but XG Firewall Home Edition will not be able to utilize it.
Very good question :)You do not need a special network topology but will … Very good question :)You do not need a special network topology but will need to, at a minimum, set all devices to connect to the Internet via the firewall. For full protection I would disable access to the router from any other address other than the firewall and 1 specified 'Clean' PC that you can use to access the router in an emergency.All devices that connect to your network should connect via the firewall and the router should ignore/drop all attempted connections that do not come from the firewall. (Except for the 'Clean' PC which you must ensure is protected from infection etc.) You can avoid the need for the 'Clean' PC if you are able to quickly/easily reconfigure a PC to have the same IP address as the Firewall in an emergency (i.e. the Firewall crashes etc). The choice is yours depending on your Tech skills.You will also need to have a router that is configurable and NOT locked down as ISP's tend to do.Personally, I run my own 'Filtering' DNS Server and Firewall which between them filter out Ads and 'Bad' Addresses.I block any attempts to access the router directly and any attempts to access DNS other than my own Server. (Lots of software tries to access its own DNS Servers, ignoring my own setup. Which I find a little bit annoying as it is a potential source of unknown/unfiltered access to my PC's and/or network.)As you can tell , I am not very trusting of 'Magic' software that just does its own thing. !!!
Thanks a lot for your very helpful reply and other useful safety tips ;). I am still a bit confused how you can make all other devices connect only via the firewall if it's a normal star home topology, i.e. internet/WAN - router - LAN devices including the firewall, pcs, mobiles etc? One topology which can make it work is internet/WAN - router - the firewall - switch - other LAN devices including pcs, mobiles etc, but it is certainly not a typical topology for a normal home and also you need at least two Ethernet cards for your firewall PC. Have I missed anything?
I agree, I use Sophos UTM for 3 years now and i have tried XG Home as … I agree, I use Sophos UTM for 3 years now and i have tried XG Home as well, I do prefer much more the UTM version.Link here: https://www.sophos.com/en/products/free-tools/sophos-utm-home-edition.aspxI run it in a Vmware ESXi.
Many Thanks, I have taken your advice and downloaded the UTM version.
I will run it in a VM to see how it performs.