This case study focuses on the feedback from a first-time customer who received their new FB2900 on a Saturday morning and then went to work on configuration it for their home office environment.
I purchased a FB2900 primarily as a learning experience - used lots of other networking kit in the past from several vendors, so while I'm experienced with networking in general, I had not used a FireBrick before.
The main use of the FireBrick will be for a home & home office connection - providing normal connectivity for uses such as Netflix, gaming, etc, but also reasonably resilient connectivity for home working - with secure connectivity to remote sites a requirement, and also providing routing and firewalling for development machines located locally.
In the course of the weekend, I've configured it to do the following:
I've found it very easy to make the jump from other networking kit - I've used in the past a variety - pfSense, Mikrotik, Ubiquiti, and Cisco - as well as plain Linux and BSD-based routers. Networking concepts are identical, and the FireBrick's configuration maps well onto my understanding of Ethernet, IP & various other protocols. The Web UI was easy to pick up and within half an hour of opening the box I had a basic PPP setup with simple firewalling, NAT, and working v4 and v6 routing.