I am looking to build a low powered linux based firewall. I need a reliable piece of hardware that has two (2) LAN inputs and a built in wifi. Fanless and low power system. any recommendations? Any recomendations on software? I was looking at IPcop.
You have a couple of options here.
It's difficult to recommend any particular piece of hardware, I'd look through the software projects and find one that looks like it has the feature set you're looking for and then find hardware that supports it.
NOTE: There are other projects besides these 2. See these wikipedia articles:
2. Setup a basic box with pfSense
pfSense is free, open source customized distribution of FreeBSD tailored for use as a firewall and router. In addition to being a powerful, flexible firewalling and routing platform, it includes a long list of related features and a package system allowing further expandability without adding bloat and potential security vulnerabilities to the base distribution.
- There's a good overview of common deployment configurations
- Information on possible hardware devices
You've already mentioned this one, but I'm putting it here just to detail more information about it.
Check out this review for more details on the above mentioned Firewall applications.