I want to be able to have a decent router that can be highly configured and handle a fair amount of traffic while being secure. Before I spend money on some dedicated routing hardware/software, is it possible Linux can be used for this? Are their any distros that specialize in this?

  • If you buy dedicated hardware for this, chances are that it's running Linux under the hood. You'll need to spend the money on hardware anyway though. – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Dec 18 '17 at 21:17

There are several that "specialize" in this listed at Wikipedia; YMMV. Too many to provide a full list, but...


Openwall, Smoothwall, and ZeroShell look interesting. Many choices to pick from. If you aren't dead set on "Linux" I would consider pfSense (FreeBSD derivative).

  • Yeah, everyone seems to like pfSense. Guess I should try it. Thanks. – Timothy Pulliam Dec 18 '17 at 21:30

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