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.
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 hardware - requirements
Minimum, not officially
- CPU: 1 GHz
- RAM: 1 GB
- Hard disk: 4 GB
- Network: 2x Ethernet
IPfire hardware - recommended
Our recommendation from 2020
- 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
Firewall Hardware Appliance with Intel CPU J4005 2x2.0-2.7GHz, (Option: J4105, J4125) AES-NI, as 19 inch 1U or full aluminium chassis for your firewall & VPN OS, 3-5 GBit NIC's
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
Quad Xeon (E-2124 4x3.3 GHz) firewall Hardware Aappliance, 19inch 1U Rack Version, 6 Intel Gigabit NICs, 4GB DDR4 ECC RAM (max 32GB)
IPfire can be installed on any compatible hardware, if desired we will install the software before the delivery. We optionally install pfSense
in addition to IPfire.
The hardware is mostly compatible with other Linux and FreeBSD operating systems like: Endian, Smoothwall, IPcop, CentOS, Sophos, Untangle, Ubuntu, Debian, openSuse, Red Hat, Fedora and more.
By default firewall hardware is available as mini desktop aluminium case and rack version 19 inch 1U, see pictures.
IPfire Hardware - Rack 19inch 1U 483x250x44mm
IPfire Hardware - Mini-PC 211x254x86mm, aluminium case
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