Hardware recommendation for 50 PCs



  • Hi there,

    Im new here and new to PFsense but like the interface and options a lot!

    I want to use a PFsense router for my network which has in total 50 PCs , and approximately 40 will be used simultaneously
    Which Hardware appliance would you buy in my case? 
    PFsense is also gonna be used for DUAL WAN (fallback)

    It has to be very stable ofcourse

    Thank you all in advance!

    Brian


  • LAYER 8 Netgate

    The number of PCs matters more to your switching and wi-fi than it does to pfSense.

    You say Dual WAN. What speeds?

    Knowing nothing else, you will probably be well-served by an SG-3100 or SG-4860.



  • @Derelict:

    The number of PCs matters more to your switching and wi-fi than it does to pfSense.

    You say Dual WAN. What speeds?

    Knowing nothing else, you will probably be well-served by an SG-3100 or SG-4860.

    I think he's referring to N / AC Speeds.

    I rock dual Ubiquiti AC Pro Access Points for my WiFi. 50 PCs isn't that much either, it also depends on how much traffic each PC will generate. If it's mostly internet browsing, you won't need much power, however if you're like me, and push 30 - 45TB of bandwidth a month, you're lookin' to drop $1,000 on a setup.

    I'm still new here, but my pfSense box is going to run me $700 or so for 4x ESXi Boxes, 2x Storage Arrays, 3 - 5 wireless devices, 2 Smart TVs, and 3 Raspberry Pi 3's. I can post my setup if you want, mind you, we probably have way different needs/requirements.


  • LAYER 8 Netgate

    I was asking what the WAN speeds would be. A recommendation will be different for a couple 100Mbit cable modems versus redundant gig-e or something.



  • Thx for the quick reply guys!

    With dual WAN i meant 1 DSL modem and 1 cable modem in front of the FPsense machine.
    PFsense could use the DSL backup line when my cable connection falls away (which rarely happens)



  • @Brian:

    Thx for the quick reply guys!

    With dual WAN i meant 1 DSL modem and 1 cable modem in front of the FPsense machine.
    PFsense could use the DSL backup line when my cable connection falls away (which rarely happens)

    SG-3100 or china box will do fine.



  • Does someone has experience with a china box ? (the quality etc)



  • Go with an SG-3100 and and not only are you out of trouble but support the project as well.
    Isn't that called a win-win situation?  ;)



  • someone else with experience ? :)

    @jahonix: i will support the project by buying service support

    WAN speed: 500Mbit (main connection) 100Mbit (backup internetline)



  • @Brian:

    someone else with experience ? :)

    @jahonix: i will support the project by buying service support

    WAN speed: 500Mbit (main connection) 100Mbit (backup internetline)

    Yes, lots of experience: https://forum.pfsense.org/index.php?topic=132528.0 works great. If you also want to support the project, get pfSense Gold.



  • Thank You!


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