I have been using most basic functions of Sophos Firewall and so far I have been lucky that I do not have any issues with updating firmwares. I would not have the capacity or ability to troubleshoot should anything went wrong. So I have decided to retire the SG115Rev2 in favour of a simple home router. But before I do that, does anyone know if I can install a simple software in SG115Rev2 that will be similar to a home router?
Installing a 3rd party software on the sophos hardware will require you to learn a new product, configure it and do software updates to the included firmware packages just like XG. You can and if you go…
you mean delete the sophos XG software? Why not just buy a cheaper modem/router and be done with it? So, you don’t perceive any security issues with your home network dropping to a simple firewall?ian
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I already have 2 simple home wireless routers that I put away when I started with this SF. But I am quiet keen to repurpose the SG115Rev2 hardware hence my question.
SG115 Rev2 | NEXCOM DNA 120 | Intel Atom E3827 Bay Trail Dual Core 1.7GHz | 8GB DDR3 | 64GB SSD | Totally no idea what I was doing!
Installing a 3rd party software on the sophos hardware will require you to learn a new product, configure it and do software updates to the included firmware packages just like XG. You can and if you go down that path I suggest you change the hard drive.
Good idea on the hdd, thanks
I think an SG is two generations old? (I.e. XG and now XGS.) In which case, moving on in another direction makes sense.
At least in the XG/XGS world, if you wait until the firmware is available on the XG/XGS -- which involves a weeks-long rollout process after the new firmware is announced, during which time it's getting wider and wider testing -- I don't think you'd have issues. And, unlike home routers, if you do have an issue you can fallback to the saved previous version. So I don't think it's too dangerous to continue with Sophos, though the SG itself might be an issue. (Or is the SG for UTM? I get confused about that.)
But it's your network. I imagine repurposing the SG might be about as tricky as troubleshooting a firmware update gone wrong... you really are doing something non-standard and troubleshooting the issues that may arise. Also, Sophos runs on Linux, so the appliance is sized for Linux, not Windows or something else.
Sophos firewalls are basically a PC, so any firewall software that will run on a PC should work on the Sophos (although they don't support UEFI). That said, you won't find software that will run on a PC that is easier to configure than your current Sophos software.
If you do go for a 'basic' router, make sure you get a decent brand with a good reputation for updates because keeping them free of security issues by regularly updating ithe firmware s extremely important. I probably wouldn't use any ISP supplied router.
There are so many basic home routers within a price range that I simply get a headache doing research. I do have an ancient Technicolor unit that I use only as a modem that automatically configures to works with any ISP, an ancient Linksys EA6700 router and a not-so-old TP-Link VR500V modem/router. I think I will just made do with these now until I have capacity to do more research on which router I should buy.