Hello all - I've been running an Untangle gateway in my home (1 desktop, 2 laptops, iPad, xbox 360, wii, iphones, and I'm sure a few other devices ) for approx 2 years. I re-purposed a retired desktop tower. I've never hand an issue with the gateway, and CPU/memory/disk always seem to be low utilization (no current performance complaints today). I'm currently planning a move, and will be completely redesigning my network/connectivity at my new home. My question - keep my existing gateway or upgrade to a smaller footprint gateway and replace my existing router that provides DHCP and port forward mgmt. Understanding my existing Untangle gateway's role is content filtering, VOIP QOS, ad blocking, spyware/malware scanning, and lastly - virus.
My current gateway:
Old (circa 2002) Sony Viao desktop - P4, 768 MB, 80GB hd, 2 x 10/100 nics
An atom, small form factor dual-nic solution. Nothing in stone, but something that would draw less power over time, operate more quietly, but still meet my family's needs without a reduction in performance.
If a replacement is a better long term solution, price is something I'd like to consider. I can't do a "pie in the sky" solution - but realistically could pull off something ~$300 if there is a long term ROI.
Thanks in advance for your comments/feedback! - Drew