A router can make or break your serving potential. Besides controlling traffic flow, assigning IP addresses, and acting as a DNS server, it also has to forward packets to your server. Not having solid routing capabilities can limit your potential.

Going with a premade router can be an easy option, but it is not future-proofing and cannot be scaled. If a premade router stops meeting your needs, you can only buy another with. With open source router operating systems, you can virtually turn any computer into a competent router.


pfSense🔗 is one of the most popular open-source routing software in the world. With community plugin support, you can deploy enterprise-grade environments and tools such as Snort🔗 - a network intrusion detection system.

Ports You Will Need To Forward To Your Server

Port Function
80 HTTP - Standard Insecure Web Traffic
443 HTTPs - Standard Secure Web Traffic
Note: You may have to forward additional ports if a service does not run on 80 or 443.
List of all major open-source routing platforms

Port 22 is associated with which service?