Do software updates require a support package
I'm considering buying a Netgate SG-1100, to replace the computer I had been running pfsense on, before it died. One question I have is does it require a support package to get the software updates? Or are they a free download, as with the computer version?
I'm considering buying a Netgate SG-1100
buy stronger than... 1100 pls., I know your posts (IPv6, etc.), you are more than that
I think this "iron" works just like any other, Netgate support or not, you can install it with a community image
No you don't need support for access to the pkg repo or the install images (should you need them).
@JKnott You obviously know this but for others:
Forum support is available to anyone, netgate HW or not, and often includes direct access to developers and support engineers. Try that over at C*.
The forum is moderated by mature individuals and you will often get multiple answers from experienced network professionals within minutes of asking. In other words, it's the sh*t!
the install images
The couple of times I have asked for factory images, for my 4860 and 3100 - had a email with a link in like 1 minute ;)
I would suggest once you get it, do request an image and put it in a safe place.. But I do miss the portal where you could just download the image for the appliances.
When 2.5 comes out - I believe I will have to request an image. Because when move to 2.5 I plan on moving to zfs vs ufs.. And I believe will need to do a clean install vs upgrade to do that.
But doing so is just a simple open of ticket - no requirement for support contract.
buy stronger than... 1100 pls
What would you recommend. I'm not that familiar with Netgate models. I would expect any box running pfsense to be able to handle IPv6. My concern is the bandwidth. I have a 500/20 connection and the HP computer had no problem keeping up with that. I would often get 560 - 580 Mb download with it on speedtest.
If my memory serves me well there is a video in here with speedtest:
What would you recommend
While the 1100 could prob handle your 500mbps pipe.. Depends on what sort of traffic you move and what performance your looking for
Are you worried about able to download some file at full speed, or do you have a lot of imix traffic and want to be able to max out your pipe?
If me I would go with 3100.. Or better yet the 5100 ;) Go big or go home I say... But does come down to what sort of budget you had in mind..
What are you looking for other than that - I personally want discrete interfaces vs switch ports.. The 3100 had just came out when I got my 4860.. And was in stock - but 4860 was not... I waited to get the 4860 because of the interfaces.
If my 4860 bit the dust right now... I would replace with a 5100.. But man the 7100 would sure be tempting with those 2 sfp+ ports for future move to 10ge..
It's just me with my normal daily use. My dog and cat don't use my computer much.
I don't often download large files, though lately I have been watching a lot of Youtube videos, due to the pandemic and that idiot in the White House. Also, I now have IPTV, but that doesn't take a lot of bandwidth.
Well the 1100 is prob fine for you then... Good entry level into netgate appliances for sure - and a reasonable price point.
The 4860 is overkill for me as well ;) The 2100 would be fine ;) But I prop don't need 3 unifi AP in my small ranch house either ;) heheh But have those - and my wifi rocks!
Could get by with a 40" TV for sure - but have a 55.. And only reason not bigger is wouldn't fit where TV is..
Not always about what you can work with or need, but what you want ;)
Nothing wrong with starting small with something that works, at good price point for your budget.. I am sure you will be quite happy with 1100..
edit: My budget committee (wife) keeps me in check.. Or would prob have a xg1541 HA pair setup ;) Because that is what you "need" for 500/50 internet connection - hehehe..
And my plex server would be some 100TB DC worthy setup, vs little ds918+ that sits in the corner in my computer room ;) And for sure would be 10ge network... And my PC sure wouldn't be a 5 year old box - that I kind of hope would catch fire so I could justify something new to the budget committee ;) hehehehe
@jknott The 2100 has a slightly faster CPU (I think?) and the main difference is it has the WAN port on a separate network port...the 1100 has a switch for all 3 ports sharing 1 Gbps internally, so is sort of capped (it uses VLANs to emulate ports). See https://www.netgate.com/products/appliances/. If you thought there was any chance of going over 500 Mbps, or you wanted to run IDS or pfBlocker or something on the device then I would think about the 2100 or 3100.
But overall no, upgrades are just available to all. Netgate simply makes a bit of money on the hardware.
The SG-2100 will pass that but you won't have much headroom. I would be happier with an SG-3100 there.