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Last Update: 2019-08-06 22:03 UTC

Zeroshell is a small Linux distribution for servers and embedded devices with the aim to provide network services. It is available in the form of live CD or compact Flash image and it can be configured using a web browser. The main features of Zeroshell include: load balancing and failover of multiple Internet connections, UMTS/HSDPA connections by using 3G modems, RADIUS server for providing secure authentication and automatic management of encryption keys to wireless networks, captive portal to support web login, and many others.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 195 (41), 6 months: 168 (51), 3 months: 197 (40), 4 weeks: 199 (37), 1 week: 187 (40)

Average visitor rating: 8.5/10 from 4 review(s).

Zeroshell Summary
Distribution Zeroshell
Home Page http://www.zeroshell.org/
Mailing Lists http://www.zeroshell.org/mailinglist/
User Forums http://www.zeroshell.org/forum/
Alternative User Forums
Documentation http://www.zeroshell.org/documentation/
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Download Mirrors http://www.zeroshell.org/download/
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Feature 3.9.3 3.7.1 3.3.2 3.0.0
Release Date 2019-08-06 2017-01-20 2015-02-01 2014-01-14
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Version: 3.9.0
Rating: 8
Date: 2018-08-09
Votes: 5

Excellent distro to setup, maintain and protect your enterprise network.
I have a network of 7 sites with VPN, firewall and QoS rules to rule them all!

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Version: 3.7.1
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-07-26
Votes: 0

I was looking for a software router to provide me with the flexibility of configuring the router to the needs of my personal setup. Having previously used a commercial software which is no longer available, I was on the search for an alternative. I stumbled across zeroshell and decided to try it out. I was very impressed with the flexibility of the software. I am running it on a virtual linux machine and it has so far run flawlessly. It does not use a lot of resources and can conveniently be configured using a web browser. I particularly like the fact that you can use whatever internet connects are connected to the virtual machine(or physical machine) and thereafter build the system to your requirements. I have yet to fully implement the full features that this router offers such as implementation of the proxy server, internet agreggation/bonding. It has a medium learning curve but with the options that are provided for configuration it is part of the package.

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Version: 3.7.1
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-03-19
Votes: 25

Considering this is open source and actively developed it's a very feature rich routing OS built on top of the Linux kernel. Ease of setup is comparable to say DD-WRT or OpenWRT as long as you're not afraid of the command line and you have a relatively modern CPU (I'm using an atom 230 from 2008) install takes around 3 minutes. Configuration, however, takes as long as you want it to. This is a feature rich firewall/router distro, think of pfsense but it's not so picky about what you install it to. I had a serious difficulty getting pfsense to work on my Zotac atom board, I had trouble getting it to work on an AMD FX 8600 as well. Zeroshell, however, installed and booted almost instantly. Running from a 16gb SSD from an old Chromebook and on a 9-year-old SOC Zotac board I'm very impressed with its capabilities. The only reason it's not getting a full 10 stars is because documentation on install is not as complete as I would like. If I didn't have years of distro hopping under my belt and followed the install procedure to at I would have run into some prickly issues as to the overcomplicated install directions I found online. I did a simple dd if=/path/to/source.img of=/dev/usb bs=4M and had the router up and running in 10 minutes.

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