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IPfire hardware - router appliances for VPN and firewall

Category: VPN & Firewall Hardware » IPfire hardware
Updated: 2022-03-04

Short description of this page. Short description of this page. Although IPfire can be virtualized like an ordinary operating system, a `real firewall´ should always run on physical hardware, as network performance makes the difference. See below our hardware recommendation for IPfire.

IPFire is operable via an intuitive webinterface, which offers a lot of options for beginners and even experienced administrators. IPFire is an open source Linux distribution that acts primarily as a router and firewall, with a web-based user interface for configuration.

IPFire is based on Linux from Scratch. The basic system is relatively slim, services such as: DHCP server, VPN based on IPSec / OpenVPN, firewall filters can be activated / deactivated. Pakfire, the Pakage package management system, can be used to install extensions and updates.

IPfire hardware - requirements
Minimum, not officially
  • CPU: 1 GHz
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Hard disk: 4 GB
  • Network: 2x Ethernet
IPfire hardware - recommended
Our recommendation from 2021
  • CPU: 1.5 GHz multi core, 64-bit
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Hard disk: 120 GB SSD
  • Network: 3x Gigabit Ethernet

The hardware we offer is tested for compatibility with IPfire, as shown below. The table below shows the throughput values with associated CPU and network adapters measured after the default installation.

Hardware compatibility test & Throughput mit IPfire 2.25

SBR234 configurator

Firewall Hardware Appliance with Intel CPU J1005 4x1.5GHz, (Option: J4125) AES-NI, as 19 inch 1U or full aluminium chassis for your firewall & VPN OS, 3-5 GBit NICs
Intel J4005
Network Gigabit
Intel 82576
940 Mbit/s

SBR741 configurator

With Intel powerful CPU G6400 2x4GHz (option on i3, i5, i7), 4GB DDR4 RAM (max 32GB), 120GB SSD SATA3 HDD, 19 inch 1U or full aluminum chassis, 3-5 GBit or 10Gbit network cards
Intel G6400
Network 10Gbit
Intel X550-T2
9.17 Gbit/s

SBR706 configurator

Quad Xeon (E-2124 4x3.3 GHz) firewall Hardware Aappliance, 19inch 1U Rack Version, 6 Intel Gigabit NICs, 4GB DDR4 ECC RAM (max 32GB)
Intel E3-1220V6
Network 10Gbit
Intel X550-T2
9.40 Gbit/s

   The high performance Azure VPN Solution offers 128 128 P2S tunnels for Windows 10 and another 10 S2S tunnels to your company locations at up to 100 MBit/s at a price of only 22 EUR/month

IPfire can be installed on any compatible hardware, if desired we install the software before delivery. Optionally we also install OPNsense, ClearOS and RouterOS in addition to IPfire. We are not allowed to install pfSense for customers, this is reserved for pfSense partners only. Customer is of course allowed to install pfSense by himself.

By default firewall hardware is available as mini desktop aluminium case and rack version 19 inch 1U, see pictures.

IPfire Hardware - 19 inch 1U 483x250x44mm

19inch 1U 483x250x44mm for Open Source Firewall

IPfire Hardware - Mini-PC 211x254x86mm, aluminium case

 Mini-PC 211x254x86mm for Open Source Firewall

Before you order the hardware, you can configure it with more: RAM, CPU, hard disks, network adapters etc. For your questions, for an individual PDF offer write us.

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