Hardware Requirements

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This section provides information on hardware requirements for running Untangle.

Hardware Requirements

  • Untangle must be installed onto a dedicated machine with at least two NICs.
  • Untangle installs to the hard drive of a PC, erasing all data on that drive in the process. Please be aware of this before starting the installation.

Purchasing an Untangle Appliance

You can now purchase a server directly from Untangle pre-installed with our software - your first annual subscription is even included in the price! Please see our appliances page for more information.

Using your own Hardware

One of the great things about Untangle is that we're software based, meaning you can install it to any desktop or server PC that fits the bill. When putting together an Untangle server you must account for several variables - the hardware you're installing onto, the number of users as well as the workload of those users. We've provided a table below with some recommended hardware specs for user bands, but please remember that these are only guidelines - if you build on the lowest hardware specs you think will work, you may have unsatisfactory results.

Hardware Recommendations Table

Resource Processor Memory Hard Drive NICs Notes
1-50 Users Atom/P4 equivalent or greater 1 GB 80 GB 2 or more
51-150 Users Dual Core 2 GB 80 GB 2 or more
151-500 Users 2 or more Cores 2 or more GB 80 GB 2 or more
501-1500 Users 4 Cores 4 GB 80 GB 2 or more 64-bit
1501-5000 Users 4 or more Cores 4 or more GB 80 GB 2 or more 64-bit

Hardware Compatibility

If you are using Untangle on your own hardware you will need to do the research to determine if the hardware is compatible. Generally speaking, if a particular piece of hardware is known to work well in recent versions of Linux then it has a good chance of working with Untangle.

To know for sure, you will need to order the equipment and install NGFW on it. If it works - it is compatible. If it does not work, you can try tweaking BIOS settings and possibly swapping parts and/or monitor and disk configurations. If it still does not work, the hardware is likely incompatible.

For users that do not want to go through this process, buying an appliance is suggested as that is the only hardware we can guarantee will work and the only hardware we support.