We covered Firewalla based on NanoPi NEO board in mid-2018. The device is a tiny firewall, parental control, ad-blocker, and VPN appliance for end-users.
Since then they’ve launched Firewalla Blue based on NanoPi NEO2 SBC with Gigabit Ethernet and a faster processor, and now the company has just introduced the even more powerful Intel-based Firewalla Gold.
Firewalla Gold specifications:
- Processor – Unnamed intel 64-bit quad-core processor
- System Memory – 4GB RAM
- Storage – 32GB flash
- 4x Gigabit Ethernet ports supporting over 3 Gbps in total, and up to 10 VPN connection at up to 120 Mbps aggregated bandwidth.
- WiFi 6 module (not sure optional or included)
- Misc – RTC
- Power Supply – DC barrel jack
The device runs Ubuntu Linux so the users will have full access to the operating system with SSH, and will be allowed to install their own packages. Just like the original Firewalla (now Firewalla Red) and Firewalla Blue, Firewalla Gold comes with a web interface to let users easily control what happens on their networks with features such as cyber threats protections, VPN, DDNS, SSH, Adblocker configuration. Additionally, the Firewalla app for Android or iOS enables users to set-up parental control, VPN, monitor bandwidth usage (Monthly / Daily / Hourly), and more…
Since Firewall Gold is more powerful and comes with multiple Ethernet ports, the company also implemented new features including VLAN, network segmentation for instance to separate guests, IoT, and kids networks from your main network, network lockdown to block traffic from unknown devices, and router mode.
They’ve already raised $243,793 for Firewalla Gold on Indiegogo crowdfunding platform, and if interested, you can get the router for $359, or a 28% discount against the $499 MSRP expected once the product launches. Shipping adds $20, and backers should get their reward around July 2020 if everything goes according to plans.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.