Homemade router : feedbacks ?



  • Hello,

    I installed some pfSense on computers to act as proxies, vpn servers, etc..

    These ones work perfectly at offices…

    Now, i want to study the "home side"...

    Instead of using branded routers, i want to "make my own" (DIY lifestyle ^^)...

    After many readings, i understood that i could do it like this :

    Platform Alix/Wrap/Soekris + Embedded pfSense (hope my thought is good).

    I saw many prices, many sites, etc..

    But something is missing : the user feedbacks lol  ;D

    Here is my goal :

    the "cheapest" router i could make my self...

    Obviously i refer to money, but what i'm really talking about :

    The goal is to have a router @ home with an IPSec VPN (or a PPTP one only perhaps) connected continously at the office (pfSense perhaps).

    Through this VPN : few data will be transfered per day.

    One computer only connected behind this homemade router (but perhaps will need to add network printers  ???)

    On this basis, what your experiences advice me for a box in which i could put pfsense ?

    Thank you very much,

    Sincerely,



  • I have been quite happy with the ALIX hardware, and the aluminum cases for them are sturdy and work well. A basic setup will cost you about $150.



  • Thank you very much for your answer ^^ !

    I will study the Alix catalog.

    Sincerely,



  • Well, i think i made my searches too quickly…

    I was thinking about making modem/routers…

    unless i'm wrong, all these platforms don't include modem hardware (i'm actually reading all the specs, perhaps i will find one lol).

    Thank you,

    Sincerely,



  • Very few people use dialup anymore and no, those embedded boards do not have modems.  pfSense also don't include support for modems at this point either.



  • @submicron:

    Very few people use dialup anymore and no, those embedded boards do not have modems.  pfSense also don't include support for modems at this point either.

    I think i badly explained what i meant : i was talkin' about DSL modem, not dialup, sorry.

    I'm talking about a classic replacement : any branded dsl modem/router replaced by an embedded platform with pfsense.

    I already used pfsense with pppoe authentication, with a simple dsl modem linked to it.

    And i just wanted to find an embedded platform with the dsl modem already included to avoid using an external dsl modem.

    Thank you and sorry for the misunderstanding.



  • Well, i'm disillusioned  :'( …

    I really thought that i could replace a simple branded dsl modem/router by an homemade solution...

    what is fucking all my dream is :

    • alix and other platforms have mainly mini-pci extensions

    • i couldn't find any mini-pci adsl2/2+ modems...

    • i just found some adsl2/2+ pci modems (Sangoma and Viking models)

    • to use these ones, i need some special casings (as "Alix 1 XL" bought by yawarra.com.au )

    • finally it costs ~ 600 $ !

    and, on the other side :

    Linksys WAG54G : a few dollars !

    very disappointed  :-\ ....

    ok, we can close this topic lol...



  • You're trying to compare apples to oranges.  pfSense isn't a dsl modem, its a very fully functional firewall.  Alix boards are much cheaper than $600USD, and while yes, a Linksys device can be much cheaper, they don't have nearly the same capabilities.



  • once again i think you misunderstood me  :-X

    i perfectly know the role/features of pfsense…

    and it's the main reason why i want to setup a home router based on that...

    but to avoid keeping an external dsl modem for the wan part of pfsense,i wanted to find a way to include it in the box...

    but i understood it isn't possible...

    for the alix "xl", it's this one : http://www.yawarra.com.au/product.php?productCode=HW-AX1-XL

    thank you for your answers.



  • XZed, I can imagine what your driving force was. Been there, done that.
    I still have some old ISDN and DSL cards laying around.

    Look at it this way: technology is changing that fast analog/ISDN/ADSL/ADSL2/ADSL2+/VDSL/3G that it is weasier to use a separate, dedicated box as bridge between your outside connection layer and an ethernet port on the internal side.
    When upgrading to a higher speed connection all you have to do is change out the bridge.



  • @jahonix:

    XZed, I can imagine what your driving force was. Been there, done that.
    I still have some old ISDN and DSL cards laying around.

    Look at it this way: technology is changing that fast analog/ISDN/ADSL/ADSL2/ADSL2+/VDSL/3G that it is weasier to use a separate, dedicated box as bridge between your outside connection layer and an ethernet port on the internal side.
    When upgrading to a higher speed connection all you have to do is change out the bridge.

    well, at least, i'm relieved that someone understand me  ;D

    old school style ;D

    but, finally, i "accepted" your vision way and, in fact, you're right…

    ok, topic closed  ;D

    thank you,

    sincerely,


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