Untangle NG Firewall Proves to be the Simplest All-In-One Solution

Untangle NG Firewall Case Study KEC Design

KECdesign, LLC.

Industry: Food Service Equipment

Network Size: Over 35 employees with 100 devices, and multiple locations.

“Untangle is the easiest solution we could find.”



KECdesign is a commercial kitchen design and equipment distribution company headquartered in Champaign, IL. In its 15th year of business, KEC serves a customer base of independent restaurants, national chains and business/institutional operations.

David Matakas has been with KECdesign, LLC. for over 8 years and is the IT operations manager. With over 15 years of experience, he is responsible for all things related to IT, including clients, servers, hardware and software administration, and vendor relations.


Untangle Steps In as the Best Fit

Using Squid proxy server proved only to work for a limited time for David at KECdesign, LLC. With no paid solution option and slow-responding support, David began looking for an alternative solution, with the added difficulty of a small budget. David tried Endian next, another open source Unified Threat Management system, but the install proved to be very difficult.

As an IT veteran, David knows the larger network and security companies, like Barracuda Networks, are extremely expensive and often times the product simply doesn’t work. “I had heard about Untangle from a colleague and decided to try it out with the free trial offering,” said David, “the simple install and pricing made the decision very easy to choose Untangle.” For the last 2 years he has been trusting KECdesign’s security to Untangle.


All-In-One-Solution Provides Automated Security

Untangle’s NG Firewall provides David with a complete and powerful solution to protect KECdesign’s network. With a wide variety of applications ranging from Web Filter, Application Control and Bandwidth Control to Virus Blocker and Spam Blocker, David can rest easy knowing his network is safe with Untangle’s NG Firewall Complete solution. “It is by far one of the easiest solutions I have worked with; the UI is fool-proof,” said David.

“It’s a mysterious box that somehow works all day, feeds me information that matters, protects us from the unknown and keeps me untangled.” NG Firewall Complete has been running at KECdesign for almost 2 years without a single serious issue. He uses the NG Firewall Free Package at various locations that only require basic network management. “The ROI is 10-fold,” said David, “we couldn’t be happier with the product and the responsiveness of the support team.”