Not a clue what I need



  • Hi folks, first post so go easy lol.

    I'd like to build my own router so I can learn a few things along the way.
    I don't fully understand what dictates the processor and other hardware required for this.
    Two of my sons upload to YouTube fairly often and one of them streams to YouTube and twitch so I'd like something with higher bandwidth if possible, my Internet connection is 75MB and I'm slowly working through our home network upgrading things to 10Gb as I can afford it (Apparently this is better for their video stuff?)
    I'd like the router to also have a vpn on it so I don't need to worry about always connecting to the vpn as we do now.
    Any advice you can offer is greatly appreciated as will be any additional suggestions as to what the router can do in addition to what I've listed would be great.
    My apologies if I mix up acronyms or use incorrect nomenclature in my posts, like I said I'm learning.
    I'm thick skinned (and headed according to my boys 😂) so shoot it straight, if anything seems stupid, contradictory or prohibitively expensive for a home network then fire shots.
    Long enough for now (with little info I'm guessing lol)
    Thanks
    SSR


  • Netgate Administrator

    @ssr said in Not a clue what I need:

    my Internet connection is 75MB

    Is that 75Mbps (megabits per second)? or 75MBps (Megabytes per second) which is 600Mbps?

    How much of that bandwidth do you need to be enctypted traffic?

    If you have 10GbE internally do you have multiple network segments that need to be routed/filtered in between?

    Steve



  • I'll echo the question about "75 MB."

    The hardware is not really that complex. Any PC with a CPU that supports AES-NI (https://www.netgate.com/blog/pfsense-2-5-and-aes-ni.html) and two network cards should be fine. Off the top of my head any PC less than about six years old. If you're thinking of building your own appliance type router I am not sure I would bother and just get a Netgate SG-3100 that has pfSense installed already.

    Assuming the Internet connection is 75 Mbps and the internal network is 1 Gbps (1000 Mbps) then upgrading the network to 10 Gbps isn't going to help the Internet speed AT ALL. It would help PC to PC traffic only.



  • Thanks for the replies guys. My apologies, I should've proof read what I'd posted. It's 75Mb/s it was autocorrected to MB

    @stephenw10 said in Not a clue what I need:

    @ssr said in Not a clue what I need:

    How much of that bandwidth do you need to be enctypted traffic?

    I honestly don't know, currently everything is connected to a standard ISP router via switches

    If you have 10GbE internally do you have multiple network segments that need to be routed/filtered in between?

    Steve

    I'm not fully up to 10GbE yet, the upgrades still in progress. I guess I'll need to read up a bit on topology but I currently have my fileserver connected to 5 htpc's & the kids editing/gaming pc's via the Lan.

    @teamits said in Not a clue what I need:

    If you're thinking of building your own appliance type router I am not sure I would bother and just get a Netgate SG-3100 that has pfSense installed already.

    Assuming the Internet connection is 75 Mbps and the internal network is 1 Gbps (1000 Mbps) then upgrading the network to 10 Gbps isn't going to help the Internet speed AT ALL. It would help PC to PC traffic only.

    The 10Gbps connection is for the kids sending and receiving their video files and stuff stored on my server, apparently it took ages the old way lol


  • Netgate Administrator

    If you have video files that large they require 10GbE to move between machines you do not want to be routing/filtering that traffic through the firewall. Given that the most you need is something that can handle 75Mbps of VPN encrypted traffic with maybe some room for a WAN upgrade?
    Almost anything will handle that. Any of our current devices would. The SG-1000 would not but is end-of-sale.

    Steve



  • Thank you very much for the help and advice