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Protect Your Network with the Linux-based Untangle Gateway - page 2

Getting Started

  • July 27, 2009
  • By Eric Geier

When you're ready, pop in the CD and reboot the PC. It should boot from the CD and start the installation wizard. After the install, the you'll go through the Setup Wizard. You'll select the language, create a password, and register. Plus you can use their nifty utility to help you identify the network cards. You'll want to remember which one will hook to the Internet or existing router (called the External interface) and which will connect to your switch/computers (called the Internal interface). You'll also configure the External IP, Internal network, and email server settings.

Once you're done with the Setup Wizard, you'll be taken to the Web-based Untangle Client. There you can set up the features, called Apps, and access all the server's configuration settings. By default, you should be able to bring up the Untangle Client from any computer on the internal network by typing the IP of the gateway into a Web browser, using HTTP or HTTPS. You can optionally enable external administration, so you can manage the gateway via the Internet or External interface: click Config > Administration > Enable External Administration.

Modifying the rack

On the left side of the client, you'll see buttons for each of the Apps and packages, where you can click them for more information. Plus you'll find a link for a free download, free 14-day trial, or to purchase it.

Once you install an App, its added to the area on the right, that's designed to look similar to a rack you'd find in a wiring closet. Going with the rack look and feel, you can turn Apps on and off by clicking the power button. Plus you can refer the status and statistics. To configure the feature, click the App's Settings button.

Getting further assistance

We've installed the Untangle Gateway and configured the general settings. Now you can fiddle with the different Apps and set up everything to your liking. If you need help, try the online support, reference the user manual, or hit the community forums.

Eric Geier is an author of many computing and networking books, including Home Networking All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies (Wiley 2008) and 100 Things You Need to Know about Microsoft Windows Vista (Que 2007).

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