My nic is Crash and I was just wondering about firewall and who is using what type. I have used many in the past and now have switched to Smoothwall 2.0 Express as a simple to setup firewall on an older pc. It is a Linux based firewall with a web based control panel and it is one of many now available. Are many others in this forum using one like it or do you prefer software based ones?? If so why??? Is one really better than the other?? I don't know informal poll who is using what??? Have you heard of IPcop, Devil Linux, Astaro, Leaf variations and so on there are so many now I can't keep up. I am sort of new to this forum and don't really know anyone yet. So this is a beginers question.