Zotac C1325 stable with Pfsense?
Are there any issues with the Zotac C1325? I read about some issues with the older revision but I do not see anything on the new model. I believe it supports AES and so should run Pfsense 2.5 when it is released.
The version I am looking at is this one:
ZOTAC ZBOX CI325 Nano Fanless Mini PC Intel N3160 CPU Intel HD Graphics 4GB Memory 32GB SSD
It seems fine for SOHO use, but it starts to throw some errors under heavy load; probably due to the Realtek NICs.
Are there any other mini pcs with AES that I should be considering? A lot of the mini pcs people are referencing on the forum do not support AES and I want this upgrade to bring me beyond pfsense 2.5.
Power consumption is something I want to take advantage of as my current cpu in my shuttle small form is a 75w TDP and the Zotac is less than 10w.
Qotom makes an i3 that uses Intel Nics. I believe it's the 330G4 model. Another option is to put something together from PCEngines. And of course, there are the ready-to-go Netgate models.
Well looking online I am now thinking that maybe an i3 Skylake with a micro atx case plus board and memory would work also. Seems it would cost a little less than $300 and it would allow me to still use my intel 4 port nic and have room to expand if needed.
Just to update, I went with a Skylake Celeron, 2 4gig sticks of DDR4, mini itx MSI Intel Skylake H110 motherboard and the Fractal Design NODE-202 case. I decided that for the slightly higher TDP on this setup was worth the sacricie tomake it more future proof and the machine would even be capable of gaming if I popped in a graphics card if I moved Pfsense to a different platform.
I went with this case because I can use the expansion slot on the case to re-use my intel 4 port nic.
I've been using it for almost a year now. Uptime is about 300 days. I recommended it to a friend recently who bought it for pfSense too. He has 360 Mbps on his Internet connection and is getting full throughput. I tested it with iPerf and got 700 Mbps in both directions LAN to WAN with firewall and NAT enabled. I got about 160 Mbps of IPSec throughput in both directions testing with iPerf. It supports AES-NI.
If you buy it, read my post on this site on how to tune the hardware and firmware. Without tuning, the throughput will be less than 200 Mbps.