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I'm going to be doing some experiments with network traffic sniffing and I would like to setup a linux box as my home router. Are there any really easy ways to do this and have a web-configurable panel like a commodity router? I found a link for ClarkConnect, but no in-depth HOWTOs.

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You could use pfSense it has many features:

  • Firewall
  • Network Address Translation (NAT)
  • Redundancy
  • Load Balancing Reporting and Monitoring
  • RRD Graphs

    The RRD graphs in pfSense maintain historical information on the following.

    • CPU utilization
    • Total throughput
    • Firewall states
    • Individual throughput for all interfaces
    • Packets per second rates for all interfaces
    • WAN interface gateway(s) ping response times
    • Traffic shaper queues on systems with traffic shaping enable
  • VPN
    • IPsec
    • PPTP
    • OpenVPN
  • Dynamic DNS


    • DynDNS
    • DHS
    • DyNS
    • easyDNS
    • No-IP
    • ZoneEdit
  • Captive Portal
  • DHCP Server and Relay

It has a nice, easy to use web-based configuration, just look at the screen-shots.

There are also some nice tutorials.

Best of all you can build it yourself with commodity hardware, and it's Open Source.

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looks quiete interesting. thanks man – l1zard May 16 '13 at 17:53

There are several distros capable of this.

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