Feature overview of Linux and BSD firewall and router distributions

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The material presented in this table is based on a default installation of the distros. Some distros (IPCop, IPFire, pfSense, Smoothwall Express, and Untangle, for example) are modular by design, and the basic functionality can be extended by an additional installation of plugins, addons, or mods.

FeaturesCreator 120Raspberry Pi 2Comments
CPU1.2 GHz dual core MIPS32900 MHz quad-core BCM2836 ARM Cortex-A7
GPUPowerVR SGX540 Broadcom VideoCore IV
Onboard Storage (NAND)8 GBNo onboard storage. Raspberry Pi does not have built-in storage. Storage is via the micro SD slot or an external USB drive via a USB port.
SD Card SlotFull SD card slotMicro SD card slot
RAM1 GB1 GB
Ports1x USB otg + 1x USB host, HDMI out 4 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI out
Networking1x 10/100Mbps, built-in WiFi + Bluetooth 41x 10/100MbpsRaspbery Pi does not have built-in WiFi. Needs a USB WiFi dongle for wireless access.
VideoHardware video decoder up to 1080p60 Hardware video decoder capable of HD and Full HD
GPIO25 pin (on headers)40 pin
AudioAudio in and out via 3.5mm 4-wire connectorAudio out via 3.5mm connector. Audio via HDMI supported.
Supported Operating SystemsPreloaded with Debian 7. See supported Linux distributions, Android KitKat 4.4Customized Linux distributions.Android is not officially supported on the Raspberry Pi. A version of Windows 10 that supports Raspberry Pi 2 is in the works. For more info, visit Windows Developer Program for IoT.
DimensionsAbout 9 x 9.5 cm (4.0 in x 4.0 in)About 8.8 cm × 5.8 cm (3.4 in × 2.2 in)
Price US$65.00 (£50.00)US$35.00 (£27.00)Though cheaper, bringing the Raspberry Pi 2 to feature parity with the Creator C120 through add-ons can bring the final cost close to or even higher than $65.00
ManufacturerImagination Technologies (UK). Full specs of the Creator C120 is available here.Raspberry Pi Foundation (UK)
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HE: Home Edition
CE: Community Edition
Table 1 on Page 1 features Astaro, Endian, EnGarde, Untangle, and Vyatta.

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6 Comments

  1. Luinux comes preconfigured so, ideally, you just have to install it and play.

  2. You can replace your routers with a small or old PC that performs all the functions and then some! They are able to handle more connections than an expensive Cisco router too.

  3. Would love to see ClearOS added to this comparison!

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