Proof of concept on pfsense



  • Hi guy

    Before i go into trouble of getting myself a old machine , i plan to run a proof of concept to see how pfsense best used for my family environment .

    Either i create install into a CF as embedded  and run it on my home pc which i dont use it except for gaming.
    Or test it in virtualbox setup.

    I need your advice on this..



  • How it's used "best" is a very subjective thing.  What you want to do and what kit you have to hand will define, for you, what "best" is.  For instance, if you want to filter web access then you'll need Squid and squidGuard, which rules out embedded as an option.  ISTR that nano may be on option though.

    I'd suggest that, for testing and evaluation, a virtual machine makes sense.  It isn't (IMO) the right choice for permanent use, but it's ideal for working out what you want.



  • I have it running ona  pII 400, with 512mg at home, and works great: skip the proof, get the pc )



  • @Normac1:

    I have it running ona  pII 400, with 512mg at home, and works great: skip the proof, get the pc )

    Now i got 1 issue ,my pc running in atom330 only have  1 LAN port left only 3 USB port .

    I intent to use it for (pfsense) Firewall & Router , shall i get a WIFI card to server as router ?



  • Do you have any PCI or PCIe slots or a VLAN capable NIC and switch?



  • @Cry:

    Do you have any PCI or PCIe slots or a VLAN capable NIC and switch?

    My atom dont have any PCI slot , only a lower profile slot but malaysia dont really have this kind of low profile card available  :o

    Currently gadget i have is
    1 ATOM box , 1 USB WIFI doogle , 1 Wifi router (DLink -615) , 1 Aztech DSL modem.



  • And is the NIC VLAN capable? If so you can make 2.0 work with that (and a VLAN capable switch). If you don't know please provide details of the motherboard.

    If not then it doesn't make an appropriate firewall.



  • Hi,

    if you have enough USB ports, you could try this adapter:
    http://www.dlink.com/products/?pid=133

    I tried one with 2.0beta5 and it worked. For a home solution it should be enough.



  • Just be aware that there have been many reports that USB network interfaces are unstable and unreliable.



  • hi guy

    here are my atom machinese spec , kindly advice is it possible .


  • Netgate Administrator

    Is it this motherboard?
    In which case you have a pci-e x1 slot. There are many cards that would fit.

    Steve



  • @stephenw10:

    Is it this motherboard?
    In which case you have a pci-e x1 slot. There are many cards that would fit.

    Steve

    Yes, this is the motherboard and there is 1 slot only available , a low profile smaller PCI-E  i can't find it at malaysia IT market wonder anyplace can get a small low profile ?



  • Try Ebay.  You are probably stuck on getting a Single GBe NIC and having to use VLANs with an appropriate switch.
    The RB250GS is a good choice for the switch.  Check in on Lowyat forums to find out more details on the configuration since a lot of TM UniFi users use it for connecting their own routers along with the IPTV STB.

    For the NIC, I'd recommend getting the Intel PT Gigabit adapter.



  • most of the intel NIC's have a low profile option
    look for this :
    Intel PRO/1000 PT Server Adapter Low Profile



  • @dreamslacker:

    Try Ebay.  You are probably stuck on getting a Single GBe NIC and having to use VLANs with an appropriate switch.
    The RB250GS is a good choice for the switch.  Check in on Lowyat forums to find out more details on the configuration since a lot of TM UniFi users use it for connecting their own routers along with the IPTV STB.

    For the NIC, I'd recommend getting the Intel PT Gigabit adapter.

    True indeed, maybe i rather get this RB250GS switch and run it

    ADSL-> Pfsense -> RB250GS ->  Workstations/ laptop  , but how about connecting through wifi such as iphone /Acryan ?


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