For this discussion, do we also want to consider boundary defense
There are several free (or mostly free) products available for download that can provide a major boost to security and network performance
over the consumer grade (Netgear, Linksys, D-Link, et al.) router/switch combos most people use.
I'm thinking of the community editions of products like:
None of these products are difficult to work with. Maybe they'e not suited for absolute beginners - but none of them should pose much challenge to a moderately experienced PC user. Nice browser-based front ends too. No need to keep a keyboard or monitor attached once they're set up.
Just to give you some idea :Let's try to create our own suite for internet security. Let's try to create our own suite for internet security.
All of the above have community editions that are free for the download. Most are licensed under some flavor of GPL. However, if you're going to use them in a business setting, please be sure to double-check the EULAs. Some of these products may also include supplemental software
that is not under GPL. In most cases, free personal
use is permitted.
Since these are dedicated 'security appliance' applications you'll need something to run them on. All can be loaded on relatively low-end PCs. You could build a bespoke mini-PC, or use almost any old desktop or laptop you haven't gotten around to recycling.
Take that 'old box,' throw in a second NIC, run the installer, and you're ready to go.
- If not in this thread, maybe we could start a second one?