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Shieldcore Systems Technical Documentation.



Purpose of this document

The purpose of this document is to guide the end-user of a Shieldcore™ Network Appliances using the Porthog™ GUI to configure and manage a network. We will explain how to quickly get started using the device, and then review each view of the user interface.

Intended audience

This document is intended for System Administrators, Network Administrators, and anyone else with a good grasp of internet networking concepts.

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Hardware Guide

Quick Start

If you wish to jump directly into the Porthog™ GUI you may refer to the following guide.

 Quick Start

1800 Series

Shieldcore MSA1806

Currently there are three flavors of the 1800 Series product line.

MSA1806: The MSA1806 is equipped with a SSD drive and Six network ports. This appliance is designed to be positioned in the Enterprise or high demand network. This appliance is designed for the Managed Services solution.

ISD1804: The ISD1804 is primarily designed for the SMB and branch office. The ISD does not have an SSD drive and it only has four network ports.

H2O1804: The H2O is specifically designed for the small branch office or home office. It is designed as a managed VPN endpoint.

Product Matrix
LCM Display
I/O Ports

Console Utility

Porthog 1.0 Main Menu.png

The Console Utility includes several menu options which allows an administrator to manage the 1800 Series Appliance outside of the Porthog™ GUI. Some of the tools the console utility provies is the ability to Reset Admin Password, Configure Network, Restart Services, System Statistics and Reset Factory Defaults. The following chapters instruct an administrator on Accessing the Console Utility and Navigating the Console.

Accessing the Console Utility
Navigating the Console
Reset Admin Password
Configure Network
Restart Services 
Tech Support Mode 
System Statistics 
Reset Factory Defaults 
Securing the Console Utility

Porthog™ 1.0 Software Users Manual

Quick Start

The first time you connect to a new Shieldcore™ Porthog™ with a supported web browser, you will be guided through an initial QuickStart system configuration. You will be required to log into the device using the default username and password, choose an operating language for your Porthog™, Setup your internet connection, configure the date and time, and create a VPN server certificate authority.

 Choose Language
 Internet Connection
 Date / Time
 VPN Server CA Creation


Porthog™'s hardware admin features are simple and easy to access from anywhere within the admin user interface. We will go over how to use the main Porthog™ Dashboard, as well as how to log into, log out out, restart, and shutdown the device.



The network section of the Porthog™ UI is where you configure all of your ethernet devices, pseudo network interfaces, and static routing. It is also where you configure Porthog™'s high availability features such as Ethernet Bonding and High Availability Nodes.

 Network Overview
 Managing IP Addresses
 IP Routing
 Ethernet Bridging
 Ethernet Bonding
 High Availability
 PPP Over Ethernet (PPPoE)


 Firewall Overview
 Interface Rulesets
 Creating Port Forwards
 Creating Firewall Rules
 Connection State Tracking

Expert Firewall Control

 Managing Rulesets
 Managing Address Tables
 Creating Firewall Rules
 Importing, Exporting, Editing the PF.CONF

Traffic Shaping

 Configure Traffic Shaping


 Services Overview
 DHCP Server
 HTTP Proxy Server
 VPN Server
 Site to Site VPN (IPSec)
 Spam Filter


 Settings Overview
 Admin Settings
 Internet Connection
 Host Resolution
 Firewall Settings
 Date / Time
 Backup / Restore
 System Update
Personal tools