Honestly this is too hard for me!

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? 



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[edited by: emmosophos at 5:20 PM (GMT -7) on 23 Sep 2022]
  • Hi,

    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

    XG115W - v19.0.1 mr-1 - Home

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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.

    ian

    XG115W - v19.0.1 mr-1 - Home

    1225v5 6gb ram, SSID, 4 NICs 20w - v19 EAP - on holiday.

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  • Good idea on the hdd, thanks

    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!

  • 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. 

    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!