The next thing to look at is the installation procedure. You can download the latest version of the software from the project's website, www.ipcop.org. The actual download package is located on sourceforge.net, a trusted open-source download site. There are a few different options but the easiest one is downloading an iso image, which will allow you to burn the installation files to a bootable CD-ROM.
Once you have the CD-ROM in hand, simply insert it into the optical drive of the destination system and reboot the computer. You will have to ensure the computer is set to allow booting from the optical drive. Once the process starts, it walks you though a very easy, step-by-step procedure that will install and configure your system.
This installation process is fast, really fast. The entire procedure can take a mere ten minutes, depending on your hardware configuration. You will have to know your network information prior to installation, such as, IP addresses, gateways, sub-net masks and DNS servers. Don't worry if you make a mistake though, you can always start over, the process is that quick.
Once the installation is complete, you will be able to administer it through your web browser. The default installation includes a wealth of services, Web Proxy, DHCP Server, Dynamic DNS, Time Server, Traffic Shaping, Intrusion Detection and VPN. And that is not even the complete list! Plus, being an open-source project, there are many third party add ons available that add even more functionality.