Thinking about wireless access points, with storage

  • Afternoon All,
    I'm going to start configuring my first pfsense router this weekend to replace my RAQ550 (with IPCOP.)
    I've got the hardware assembled and the SSD setup, just need to put it in the 2u box I have now… but this got me thinking.

    I've just taken down a couple of eeebox PC B202 at work.
    They have wifi on them, as well as between 2 and 4gb of ram and 2.5" drives between 120gb and 500gb.

    Could these be set up as wireless access points that have open shares on them? If so what would the best procedure be?

    They have an SD slot that could be used for pfsense to be installed on, leaving the storage drive free for, well anything really.

    Anyone wanting to pitch in is more than welcome!

  • Galactic Empire

    Maybe you could put Linux or FreeBSD on them and bridge the LAN & WiFi so they act like an access-point, not really a question to pop in here though.

    FWIW I wouldn't put my storage on some random device.

  • Put FreeNAS on an eeebox and use an access-point as an access-point.

  • I use FreeBSD as my Wireless AccessPoint OS behind pfSense and I found that the resources used for a WAP were so low I had to task the box with other things.
    So I chose you use my APU2 WAP as a NFS file server with a 512GB mSATA drive. Both tasks seem to be extremely low overhead and the machine still runs under 5% cpu utilization. This is simply a backup file server for my network. I mostly use it for storing media files from my tvheadend box..

    So opinions vary but a lightweight NFS server on a WAP is a sweetspot for me. If security were an issue I would run NFS from a jail.

  • Rebel Alliance

    Does that eeebox PC B202 have enough specs to run FreeNAS?
    I thought you need lotsa RAM min 8G.

    I am interested as I want to setup a Webdav NAS behind my pfsense.


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