Custom build on ALIX APU.2C4



  • I was considering making a pfsense build using the ALIX APU.2C4; which has 4 GB ram 3 10/100/1000 rj45s you can see the full specs here http://www.mini-box.com/ALIX-APU-2C4-AMD-G-Series-GX-421TC?sc=8&category=1361

    My network would consist of WAN, LAN and OPT

    WAN being my fiber line from my ISP (on 50mb/25mb) they convert from fiber to copper on the side of the house and give me a single copper line. All hardware needs to be provided by me.

    LAN would run to a switch and from there for my WiFi I would be running a Google OnHub in AP mode. (great range, but horrible settings for anyone looking for advanced features.

    OPT  would be another switch but this is only for home automation/home security stuff. My Home Assistant would have access to both the LAN and OPT networks.

    MY problem is while the aforementioned board is well into 4 times the recommended specs. I have a cousin who is running PFSense and insisting I am going to need something upwards of 32GB of ram if I want to run more than one or two devices on this PFSense router.  He says I wont beable to run any of the features. I'm asking here because his estimate just seems way over the top.



  • Yeah that's some bad advice you're getting there. 4GB is plenty.



  • 32gb of ram for a 50/25mb connection? Ridiculous.



  • If it helps you making the decision:
    I run 3 vpn instances + Snort on a apu1d4 in a home environment, and consume about 20% of the 4GB ram….



  • Well, my APU1 does just fine with a 100/40 VDSL line.
    Even dual-WAN with 100Mb/s cable and 100Mb/s VDSL wasn't an issue.



  • Thanks, I assumed it was an exaggeration, this is the guy that spends thousands on SERVER parts to build systems he doesn't use much…  (must be nice). I think I am going to pull the trigger sometime between now and early December.



  • @jweland:

    Thanks, I assumed it was an exaggeration, this is the guy that spends thousands on SERVER parts to build systems he doesn't use much…  (must be nice). I think I am going to pull the trigger sometime between now and early December.

    APU2C4 with pfSense 2.3.2 - 64 Bit here and it enough for;
    200 MBit/s down and 100 MBit/s up for 70 users that are mailing and surfing!
    Snort, tinyDNS, Squid, SquidGuard, ClamAV

    All is running fine at 60% CPU usage without any problems.
    mSATA 128 GB SanDisk
    WLAN UBNT SR71-E