Looking to self-build a pfsense box - opinion on this i3 quad intel box?



  • Looked everywhere for hardware and this seems to be an excellent contender for a home appliance.

    CPU - intel i3 4005u
    RAM - 1x DDR3L up to 8GB
    STORAGE - mSATA, SATA, USB3.0, USB2.0
    LAN - 4x Intel i211-AT
    VIDEO - Intel, HDMI

    More info here:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/4-Gigabit-LAN-core-I3-4005U-Industrial-home-router-PFsense-firewall-Barebone-/262940660918

    Opinions? With it being an i3, I'm guessing it'll happily do over 100Mb/s?



  • i3 is overkill, you will barely use the CPU.  But, yes, it will handle a lot of traffic, and encryption over that traffic if you want to use it as a VPN.  It'll barely break a sweat.



  • I suppose it's future proof - my ISP here in the UK keeps doubling my speed at no extra cost. Its going up 50Mbps to 100Mbps soon, so I'm guessing in a year or two an i3 might be ideal, although they do a J1900 Celeron too? Might check out the TDP figures and see what's the best fit.

    Tried looking for just a motherboard with dual intel LAN which ARE about, ie the H270N and H270M from Asrock and Gigabyte, but then you need to find a low TDP processor and looking through the latest Skylake and Kaby Lake, they all seem to start at 35W. Why did Intel abandon the Atom? I wonder how long til we see an ARM based board with dual LAN, pushing 100Mbps?



  • @Spectrum48k:

    pliance.
    …..
    CPU - intel i3 4005u
    RAM - 1x DDR3L up to 8GB
    STORAGE - mSATA, SATA, USB3.0, USB2.0
    LAN - 4x Intel i211-AT
    VIDEO - Intel, HDMI

    I3 or not - check with the upcoming 2.4 version : https://www.netgate.com/blog/pfsense-software-version-2-4-release-highlights.html and make sure your specs include the" AES-NI"  hardware.



  • @Gertjan:

    @Spectrum48k:

    pliance.
    …..
    CPU - intel i3 4005u
    RAM - 1x DDR3L up to 8GB
    STORAGE - mSATA, SATA, USB3.0, USB2.0
    LAN - 4x Intel i211-AT
    VIDEO - Intel, HDMI

    I3 or not - check with the upcoming 2.4 version : https://www.netgate.com/blog/pfsense-software-version-2-4-release-highlights.html and make sure your specs include the" AES-NI"  hardware.

    Hah, 'R-1, because the Empire needs a better firewall" !!!

    This R-1 is looking niiiice - where does it fit into the product portfolio? Will it replace the SG-2220?



  • @Spectrum48k:

    I suppose it's future proof - my ISP here in the UK keeps doubling my speed at no extra cost. Its going up 50Mbps to 100Mbps soon, so I'm guessing in a year or two an i3 might be ideal, although they do a J1900 Celeron too? Might check out the TDP figures and see what's the best fit.

    Tried looking for just a motherboard with dual intel LAN which ARE about, ie the H270N and H270M from Asrock and Gigabyte, but then you need to find a low TDP processor and looking through the latest Skylake and Kaby Lake, they all seem to start at 35W. Why did Intel abandon the Atom? I wonder how long til we see an ARM based board with dual LAN, pushing 100Mbps?

    In 10 years it'll still be overkill.  The specs in my sig were running 2 x 1Gb LAN links, and 2 x 100Mb WAN links.  A persistent SSL site-to-site VPN tunnel, VPN connections, several web servers, and dozens of users behind it.  Several pfSense packages and some creative policies/routing too.  The CPU never went above 15% at any time.  And it was a dual-core CPU.


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