List of router or firewall distributions

This is a list of operating system distributions designed for use as the operating system of a machine acting as a router and/or firewall.

Name Status Type Cost Description
AGH Live Router Active Debianderivative Free Linux distribution for experimental routing. It consists of XORP control plane software and Click Modular Router module, which serves as a forwarding plane. Applications are already integrated and the system is ready-to-use. The system is distributed as a live ISO image and supports additional Click packages.[1]
Alpine Linux Active Linux distribution Free Linux distribution running from a RAM drive. Its original target was small appliances like routers, VPN gateways, or embedded x86devices. However, it supports hosting other Linux guest OSes under VServer control, making it an attractive hosting solution as well. Uses Busybox and uClibc.
BSD Router Project Active FreeBSDderivative Free Router distribution that uses Quagga and Bird.
Bifrost Network Project Active Linux distribution 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.
ClarkConnect Inactive Linux distribution Free but paid support Firewall and Internet server distribution. Now known as ClearOS.[2]
ClearOS Active Red Hat Enterprise Linuxderivative 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 Free Firewall/router/server distribution running from CD.
DD-WRT Active Linux distribution Free or paid registration for x86 Embedded Linux firmware distribution available on a variety of wireless routers.
Endian Firewall Active Linux distribution 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.[3]
EnGarde Secure Linux Inactive Linux distribution Free or paid Router/firewall and web-, email- and database server distribution.
Fli4l Active Linux Free Single floppy ISDN, DSL, and Ethernet router.
floppyfw Active Linux distribution Free Single floppy router with the Linux’s advanced firewall capabilities.
FREESCO Active Linux distribution Free Free replacement for proprietary routers supporting up to 10 network cards and up to 10 modems.
FreeWRT Active Linux distribution Free Router distribution.
Gibraltar Active Linux distribution Free (PC/CD-ROM) or hardware version Router/firewall distribution.
Global Technology Associates, Inc. Active FreeBSDderivative Free (limited functionality) or paid GB-OS firewall and UTM appliance.
Halon Security Active OpenBSDderivative Free or paid Enterprise-class OpenBSD distribution with OpenBGPDPF (firewall)Juniper-style CLI configuration, web interface, and a CF/USB flash optimized read-only file system.
IPCop Active Linux distribution Free Router/firewall distribution.
IPFire Active Linux distribution Free Router/firewall distribution.
LEAF Project Active Linux distribution Free Linux Embedded Appliance Framework; a customizable embedded Linux network appliance used as an Internet gateway, router, firewall, and wireless access point.
Linux Router Project Inactive  ?  ? Router distribution (defunct as of 2003).
Mikrotik RouterOS Active Linux based Demo (full functionality for 24 hours) or paid Linux-based operating system with MLPLS, BGP, OSPF, firewalling, traffic control, VPN, IPsec. Free version requires you to sign-up for an account on their website.
m0n0wall Active FreeBSDderivative Free Small web-administrative router/firewall/VPN (ipsec/pptp only; no openVPN) distribution.
OpenWrt Active Linux Free Modular embedded distribution for ARM, MIPS, PPC and x86 devices.
Openwall Active Linux Free GNU/*/Linux (or Owl for short) is a small security-enhanced Linux distribution for servers, appliances, and virtual appliances.
pfSense Active FreeBSDderivative Free (complete) Customized distribution tailored for use as a firewall, router, DHCP server, gateway, OpenVPN, IPsec, proxy and anti-virus (Snort).
Sentry Firewall Inactive  ? Free A firewall, server or intrusion detection system distribution.
SmartRouter Active Linux distribution Free SmartRouter Project is a router/firewall distribution based on BrazilFW.
Simplewall Active Linux Distribution Free Firewall/UTM distribution with a web interface
SME Server Active CentOSderivative Free Router/firewall[citation needed] and web-, file-, email- and database server distribution based on CentOS.
Smoothwall Active Linux Distribution Free or paid Router/firewall distribution with a web interface and light terminal.
SonicWALL Active  ? Paid Router/firewall and UTM.
Sphirewall Active Linux Free Direct hook into Linux kernel packet stream, LDAP and user based authentication, user quotas, QOS, advanced analytics,intrusion detection system, CLI and web management utilities. Also available in a Debian based Linux distribution.
Threenix Active Linux distribution 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  ?  ? Free Free HyperWRT-based, Linux core firmware distribution for several wireless routers, most notably the Linksys WRT54G.
Trustix Defunct (Late 2007) Linux distribution Free or paid Router/firewall distribution with SSH and GCC included if desired.
Untangle Active Debianderivative Free with paid addons 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 Active Linux distribution 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 XenServerVMware or Hyper-V to provide vFirewall, vRouter network virtualization functionality.
Zeroshell Active Linux distribution 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.
Zentyal(formely eBox Platform) Active Ubuntuderivative Free with paid services available Zentyal is an open-source router/firewall and small business server.

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