My first pfsense box

  • So I am ready to take the pfsense plunge.  What I am looking to do:

    • Very few VPN connections (only 1 or 2 at a time max)
    • Handle my 50-60Mbps FIOS connection
    • 2 LANS (without using switch VLANs)
    • Probably would not ever need to do any proxy serving but would be nice to have the option
    • Jumbo frames
    • Would like hardware that will probably still be able to run the latest pfsense in 2 years (yea I know this is a best guess)

    My current plans, after reading these forums a good bit look like I would be served well by:
    Soekris net5501
    2.5 SATA mount kit (I have a couple spare SATAs around so might as well)
    Intel Dual port Gigabit NIC

    Any comments or suggestions would be welcome, as I said this would be my first pfsense box.


  • Suggestion is to read the forums pertaining to your similar needs.  That's how I learned here - just dive in.

  • Hi,

    we are considering to buy a VMware Virtual Center.
    We have two servers running VMware Standard edition.
    Do you believe it will be worth it? Or do we have to
    upgrade our VMware licenses to Enterprise before upgrading
    virtual center to make it worth it. I had just read the
    following article

  • As for your pc, pfsense does not take much, just make sure you use good nics. Intel nics will be fine, i have two 1GBs in mine (and a old 3com 100mb for wan)

    I beleve you just need to buy virtual center to use it.

    There is not much avantage to virtual center unless you have 2+ servers + SAN.

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