OPNsense, NitroWall meets all the requirements of a professional firewall and IPS such as multi WAN, hardware failover, routing protocols, web filtering, and two-factor authentication.
VPN gateway for IPSec and OpenVPN with powerful Intel Quadcore i7 CPU with AES-NI for fast data throughput. Secure two-factor authentication via Nitrokey (instead of password) is possible with IPSec.
Instead of a proprietary BIOS, the NitroWall uses the open source firmware Coreboot and SeaBIOS, which offers transparency, minimal attack surface and high speed.
Vulnerable and proprietary low-level hardware parts are disabled to make the hardware more robust against advanced attacks.
The Intel Management Engine (ME) is a type of separate computer within all modern Intel processors (CPU). The ME acts as a master controller for your CPU and has extensive access to your computer (system memory, display, keyboard, network). Intel controls the code of the ME and severe vulnerabilities have already been found in the ME that allow local and remote attacks. Therefore, ME can be considered a backdoor and is disabled in NitroWall.
Unlike common ARM-based systems, NitroWall contains the powerful Intel Quadcore CPU i7-8550U with up to 4 GHz and AES-NI. Up to 32 GB RAM, SSD and six Gigabit Ethernet ports provide sufficient resources.
With OpenWrt, the NitroWall can be used not only with wired Ethernet network,s but also for WiFi-5 wireless networks with 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz with transmission rates of up to 867 MBit/s.
NitroWall features a small, rugged metal chassis. It does not require a fan, making it completely silent and virtually maintenance-free. In addition, NitroWall is very energy efficient.
Instead of OPNsense or OpenWrt, NitroWall can be operated with other operating systems such as pfSense, Ubuntu, Windows or Proxmox.
Thanks to its closed housing and compact size, NitroWall is also suitable as a robust industrial PC in combination with operating systems such as Ubuntu or Windows.
Processor (CPU): Intel Quadcore i7-8550U with up to 4 GHz and AES-NI
RAM: 8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB DDR4 (optional)
Hard disk storage: mSATA SSD 16 GB or more, second SATA (optional)
Connections: 6x Gigabit Ethernet, 4x USB 3.0, 1x HDMI, 1x RS232 (8P8C, "RJ45")
Wireless: WiFi-5, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, transmission rates of up to 867 MBit/s (optional)
Size: 162x125x67 mm
Scope of delivery: 12 V, 4 A power supply, SATA cable, VESA plate, screws, WiFi antennas (optional)
Which operating system should I use?
If you want to use WiFi, choose OpenWrt. If you don't need WiFi and need a professional firewall, IPS or VPN gateway, choose OPNsense.
Is NitroWall suitable as a replacement for my home router?
Generally not. NitroWall does not include a DSL or cable modem but requires network access via Ethernet. But NitroWall can be operated behind home routers. In addition, the configuration is aimed at professional users with appropriate prior knowledge.