Sophos UTM Home


For a long time now i’ve been thinking of how to step up the security of my home network. Inspired by The Network Guy i decided to give Sophos UTM Home a go.

Considering the vast amount of cybersecurity threats out there (0 day, FUD, Spear-/Phishing etc) Sophos  UTM Home sounds like an good solution. My aim is to find out how good in a couple of blog posts.

High-lights at a glance:

  • Network protection
    • Network Firewall
    • Intrusion Prevention System
    • Advanced Threat Protection
    • Secure VPN Access
    • Site-to-Site VPN
  • Wifi protection
    • Multiple WiFi Zones
    • Mobile NAC
    • Guest WiFi Hotspots
    • Secure Encryption
  • Web protection
    • Web Malware Protection
    • URL Filtering Policies
    • SafeSearch, YouTube, and Google Apps
    • HTTPS Scanning
  • Endpoint
    • Anti-Virus and Malware Protection
    • Device Control
    • Web in Endpoint
    • Single console management



  • Sophos UTM Home iso file – . Choose ‘UTM v9 software appliance’
  • MyUTM license – You will need to create a account and free license to upload to your newly created UTM.
  • Reflect over your existing network setup – If you like me have  a existing wireless router setup as only router(Wireless Router) including DHCP you will want to turn it into a accesspoint to cooporate with your new UTM.
  • Hardware – Sophos UTM Home have moderate hardware requirements so any old dekstop/laptop should do. I decided however to build my own box with the following h/w:
    • Chassi:            Compucase
    • Motherboard: Gigabyte J1900N-D3V, Embedded CPU, 2 NIC’s
    • Disk:                Kingston SSD 120GB
    • Memory:          Corsair DDR3 4GB



1. Boot Up

Make sure to set correct boot device order in BIOS IMG_20150207_081730

2. Installation. Be warned, everything on the disk will be erasedIMG_20150207_081917IMG_20150207_082001

3. Everythings detected


4.  64bit if possible


5. We wish to install all capabilities


6. WebAdmin next




  1.  Basic configuration


2. License file installation – If you havent done so already, surf to, create an myutm account, create an license file & download it for installation into your newly created UTM box.


End of part #1