What hardware is everyone using?

  • I would like to see what other users are using for hardware on their current PfSense setups. I am currently running several PfSense boxes and wanting to compare the specs against what I have to see if I need to get more power full machines.

    Most of the boxes that I have been running are a Jetway NF9HG-2930 with an Intel CPU N2930 @ 1.83GHz, 4 gigs of ram.

  • Sub'd.  The amazon reviews of your board are semi-worrisome. I 'm looking for an affordable 1u rackmount solution, and was trying to find a good supermicro solution like the sc-503 but with 4 nics.  Or maybe someone has figured out how to make the UniFi Security Gateway Pro-4 run pfsense.  :D

  • I'm using hp microserver gen8 with E3-1260L and 16G ram. pfSense is virtualized under ESXI 6.5 and works great  :)

  • Dell PowerVault NX3000, 32 GB, 6 NICs

    pfSense VM under ESXi 6.5.0, 2 vCPU, 2 GB vRAM, 60 GB disk

  • As per signature

  • @Home
    HP Slimline Desktop
    CPU - Core i3
    RAM - 8 GB
    NICs - 1 Onboard + 1 PCIe

    @Colo on Gigabit Fiber
    IBM System x3650
    CPU - Dual Quad Core Xeon @ 2.66Ghz
    RAM - 32 GB
    NIC's - 2 Onboard + 2 Quad port PCIe

  • Self built Mini-ITX system. The motherboard is a "Jetway JNC96-510-LF 1.66GHz Dual Core Atom D510", 4GBs of RAM, 32 GB 2.5"SATA SSD, one Intel PCI gigabit NIC for WAN, one Intel miniPCIe gigabit NIC for LAN, integrated realtek NIC unused so far.

  • Pfsense Firewall
    motherboard: https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P5E_Deluxe/overview/
    3.2GHz cpu: http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core2+Extreme+X9770+%40+3.20GHz
    6Gig Ram: http://www.corsair.com/en-au/twin2x2048-8500c5d
    120gig HDD
    2x netgear 1 gig nic's, NetGear GA311 card
    1x builtin Nic 1 gig

    • Jetway NF9HG-2930 (actual today)

    • Supermicro D-1508, 1518 or 1528 as a bare bone!
      For the near future

  • Cheap and works well for my home use.
    (In my sig.)

  • Netgate sg-8860

    Official hardware

    Expensive, but nice as hell.

    Also, foss all the way down to the bios.

  • All Netgate models. 2220, 2440, 4860. All work great. No issues.

    I haven't tried the 1000. I probably won't because its ARM. I'd rather stay on one architecture.

  • I use a few things - on a budget otherwise I'd just get the netgate stuff.

    I ebayed a 6core xeon dell that is for when theres issues and i can lazily throw cpu at it until i figure it out.

    For serious stuff I like the AM1 - though no one makes a motherboard with more pci-e slots in case i need to expand.
    Luckily they are cheap and use minimal power.

  • Nano ITX Fanless Server PC J1900 N10A 4LAN


    Intel J1900 Quad Core 2.0GHz;
        Intel HD Graphics;
        Support 2G,4G,or 8G DDR3 RAM and MSATA SSD
        DC 12V Power Supply
        4LAN Intel WG82583 10/100/1000M Ethernet
        Realtek ALC662 HD Audio CODEC
        High-quality aluminum alloy case, size:134


    There's a lot of info here https://forum.pfsense.org/index.php?topic=113308.msg638972#msg638972

    Been using it for about 6 months… so far so good for the money... pushed over 3250mbps through it and it wasn't breaking a sweat. 
    So far it's been good for the money.

  • Banned

    PRO/1000 dual NIC
    8GB RAM
    4x8GB SanDisk Cruzer Blades in raidz2 +1 as automatic hot spare
    Consumes ~34W, stupid overkill for my uses.

    Bought it on eBay for $130 to get into pfSense.

    Eventually will switch to a supermicro, low-end xeon or i3 board with integrated 10GbE & SAS to run multiple platforms to include pfSense in ESXi.

  • Jetway JNC9C-550-LF Atom N550 (added active cooling to increase livespan)
    2GB RAM

    PFsense is only used at home with SNORT and OpenVPN for max 2 users. No real power is needed. Runs stable as a rock.

  • gigabyte el20-3710-32gb
    4gb ram
    120gb msata

  • Current setup

    Supermicro X7SBE-O
    Core2Duo  E8400
    4GB Samsung DDR2 non ECC
    Extremely old and used up 250GB Seagate SATA drive

    Soon to be replaced with:

    16GB mSATA SSD

    Should provide a considerable power savings as well as silent running. MY crappy WISP (only option) is 6Mb down 1.4Mb up so no worries about needing to upgrade hardware for quite some time.

  • Hyper-V Server 2016 on:
    ASRock Rack Z97M WS
    Core i3-4160
    16GB (2x8GB) Crucial Ballistix Sport VLP
    128GB SanDisk Z400s SSD <- for Hyper-V
    240GB Intel SSD 530 <- for VM's
    320GB 2.5" WD Blue <- for downloads
    Delta Electronics DPS-250AB-53A (250Watt|80Plus Bronze)

    pfSense > 2048 RAM assigned
    Win8.1 > 3072 RAM assigned | For stuff that works only on Windows and needs to run all the time
    Debian > 2048 RAM assigned | Webserver / MQTT-Server - Nginx, HiveMQ, MariaDB, InfluxDB, Grafana, ExpressionEngine
    Debian > 1024 RAM assigned | FreeSWITCH Telephony platform
    Debian > 512 RAM assigned | Pi-Hole

    Power consumption is around ~20W

  • Home built 3.2ghz i5 Haswell, 8GiB memory, dual Samsung SSDs in GEOM RAID1(gmirror), Intel i350-T2 NIC.

    ~15-20% cpu @ ~1.4M pps(~1Gb/s of 64byte packets) LAN->WAN(NAT) with HFSC and 4 UDP streams.

  • PCEngines APU2C4 with 16GB Phison S9 mSata SSD.

    ESXi 6.5a AIO Server()
    Rosewill RSV-L4500 Case
    Supermicro X8DT6-F
    Dual L5640 CPU
    64GB (8x8) Hynix MEM-DR380L-HL05-ER13
    80GB Intel SSDSCKHB080G4 S3500 Boot Disk
    400GB Intel SSDSC2BA400G4 S3710 VM Datastore Disk
    1TB HGST Ultrastar A7K2000 Data Files Disk
    3TB WD RED Hard Drives

    pfSense:  4GB RAM / 4 Cores
    Adtran vWLAN: 2GB RAM / 2 Cores
    Windows Server 2016: 8GB RAM / 4 Cores
    Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials: 4GB RAM / 2 Cores
    Windows Nano Server 2016: 2GB RAM / 2 Cores
    RancherOS: 4GB RAM / 4 Cores
    Centos 7: 2GB RAM / 2 Cores
    CentOS Atomic Host: 2GB RAM / 2 Cores
    Debian Pi-Hole: 1GB RAM / 2 Cores
    Debian Guacamole: 4GB RAM / 4 Cores
    Debian Test: 2GB RAM / 2 Cores

    Future Virtualization Server
    Intel R2208GZ4GC "Grizzly Pass" 2U Server
    Intel S2600GZ4 Motherboard Rev. C
    Dual E5-2670 V1 (keeping an eye on V2 prices)
    128GB (8x16GB) HMA42GR7AFR4N
    Will migrate the SSDs from current Server.

    ESXi 6.5/ProxMox/HyperVM
    Dell 7010 SFF
    HP365T Quad Port NIC
    Core i5-3470T 4C 35w (%)
    8GB Corsair DDR3 RAM
    100GB Dell MLC SSD

    (*) Converting this server to be my Storage Server
    (%) Until replacement arrives running i3-3240.

    Some of this may be out of date as I did a few changes/upgrades and I don't think I always put down the make/model number down on my build list doc.

  • I'm running on this:

    Motherboard / CPU: ASRock Q1900M / Celeron J1900 (http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Q1900M/)
    RAM: 4GB
    NIC: 2x Intel Gigabit CT Adapters (https://ark.intel.com/products/50395/Intel-Gigabit-CT-Desktop-Adapter)
    HDD: old 400GB WD drive I had sitting around.

    The machine idles at ~14 watts and handles everything I throw at it. If I got a better powersupply and replaced the HDD with an SSD I could probably get the power consumption lower but the cost of the new parts would be more than the savings of electricity for the life of the rig.

  • For home use I keep using old/refurb Dell slimline boxes.  They are very cheap, nearly silent, and tend to be power efficient.  For a long time I had a Dell P-III-600MHz box, that finally ran out of CPU when I moved to FiOS (usenet downloads maxed at maybe 70Mb/s).  Now I'm running a Core2Duo slimline Dell, picked it up on Amazon (free Prime shipping) for $80.  Something similar to this, they're all over Amazon and Ebay: https://smile.amazon.com/OptiPlex-Core2Duo-2-66GHz-160GB-DVD-RW/dp/B00J8K4KZ4/

    Also found Realtek cards with full or low profile brackets that actually work well with FreeBSD:


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