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Over the weekend I took a Celeron 400, with a 2G drive, that I had laying around and installed Smoothwall on it. I’m not sure I really needed a dedicated firewall box at home, but I’m a geek and technical overkill is what we do. Anyway, there was really nothing to it. The installation was simple and the web interface for administration is easy to use. The only gotcha I ran into was that the sshd server runs on port 222, not the traditional 22, so I was confused for a while why I couldn’t connect remotely even thought the remote ssh access was activated. Other than that, I’m happy with how it went and happy with how Smoothwall is working. On top of that, I now have less “useless junk” taking up space.