Newcomer pfsense build help



  • Hello everyone,

    I've been using a ddwrt router for the past few years and think its time I make the switch to pfsense.  I'm having trouble deciding what hardware I should purchase to meet my needs/goals.  I'm no stranger to computer hardware but I have no idea what realistic requirements I need for my pfsense build.  I have read the hardware requirements and guidance page but need some extra clarification.

    My internet connection is 200/20 (damn TWC for not even letting me pay for more faster upload) but does that mean I need to pfsense box capable of handling 200Mbps down?  Are the suggestions on the hardware guidance page for sustained usage at those speeds or what is recommended for people that "may" need up to that speed if their connection allows?  I don't mind under-powering my box a bit since I doubt I will be using 200Mbps down continuously, but I also want to make sure it can handle those speeds when I do need it.  Without any experience with pfsense and how it performs in a home setting (with running a few servers) I can't really get a feel for the level of hardware my situation requires.

    Side note.  My area will be getting Google Fiber sometime in the next few years (infrastructure is currently being built) I have no idea if I will fall into one of the fiberhood's when it rolls out but if I do manage to get Google Fiber service… I do want to make sure my pfsense box will still hold up and not become a bottleneck (which isn't really a bad problem to have I guess, haha).

    All in all, I'm looking for some extra guidance and maybe some hardware suggestions for general home usage + a server or two with higher than average connection speeds available.  I am also looking for very low power consumption hardware to keep my electricity cost down. And of course at a reasonable price.

    Thanks in advance!  I can't wait to get going with pfsense, should be an adventure :)



  • Hello, maybe you should take a look on this thread:
    https://forum.pfsense.org/index.php?topic=114945.msg639526#msg639526
    I wanted to replace the home router with one that is able to perform an OpenVPN client at full line speed.
    For example, mine can manage a VPN connection up to 120Mbs, while the one of Paint up to almost 300Mbs.
    The AESNI support helps to reach the same performance with a lower load of the CPU and therefore with a lower heating.
    Fully loaded, the system consumes just over 10W.