Want to covert to small soekris type setup
I've been running a low power PIII coppermine (heat/noise) mini-tower PC with pfSense for a while now, but I want to get away from that and just have something like a Soekris type case. My needs are pretty minimal - this is just a home FW, no VPN, running DHCP service, 16Mbs down/2Mbs up. Only about half dozen systems on the LAN. Not doing anything fancy with it.
So, my question then is, based upon my needs, and maybe even considering a little bit of future proofing, what small hardware platform is recommended?
I'm looking at the Soekris 5501 and it looks pretty sweet. Is this overkill?
Is there a minimum processor speed and RAM I should consider with one of these type of systems?
Should I only be considering Soekris or Alix boards?
(I did a little searching on the forums but still didn't really get a good feel for answering my Q's)
Obviously using the wrong search words - there have been a great number of threads on hardware, including this one.
Already saw that thread. Didn't really help.
Based on some other information from other sites, I've gone ahead and decided on an Alix board.
Only Q's I need to figure out now is:
- How big of a CF card do I want to get
- Can I just import my current config backup onto the new Alix setup
I imagine that these Q's have come up a thousand times already, so off I go. 8)
- How many packages do you plan on installing ;)
- Assuming you're on the same version of pfSense that should work fine
Just the one install (home FW)
I got everything put together. Found a spare 256MB card and loaded it on that.
Restored my current pfsense config onto it and it took it fine (it was one rev before the embedded version that I just installed)
I'm up and running! Love it!