Pfsense build check



  • I am trying to put together a build that will work with the newest version to replace my current D-Link DIR-655. What do you think of this build and do you have any other suggestions for a cheaper build possibly with the E-350? I am trying to keep this as power efficient and cheap as possible, while still maintaining the high performance.

    I will probably try and get one of these boards the cheapest.
    http://www.supermicro.com/products/motherboard/Atom/

    1-2GB Memory
    I am not sure how much I need for basic router functions. I do have 2x512MB Hynix 533MHz that may work for this.

    Kingston SSDNow S100 2.5" 8GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820139427

    Antec ISK 300-65 Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129068

    For the wireless part I'm not sure if this will work, but this is what I was planning.

    Mini PCI-E to PCI-E Wireless Adapter
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=130501831715&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

    Intel Ultimate N 633ANHMW Mini PCI Express
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833106062&Tpk=intel 6300

    I wanted to get the 6300N after I saw this thread.

    http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?p=1037153009#post1037153009

    What do you think of this, build? I think it may be way overkill for me at ~$300 and I am considering other options.

    The new Asus RT-N66U looks promising as well as these new Mikrotik products.

    http://wl500g.info/showthread.php?t=25929
    http://www.3dbwireless.com/boyd/?p=479


  • Netgate Administrator

    If you are just looking to do basic routing/firewalling ten this is almost certainly overkill.

    You won't need more than 512MB if you're not running any packages.

    To reduce the power consumption to a minimum choose an netbook atom, NXXX, as thes support speedstep the desktop atoms don't.

    FreeBSD and hence pfSense doesn't support wireless-N at this time, though some N cards will work in G mode. If yo need N use an external access point.

    pfSense offers way more functionality than any home router and is way more fun!  :)

    Steve



  • @stephenw10:

    If you are just looking to do basic routing/firewalling ten this is almost certainly overkill.

    You won't need more than 512MB if you're not running any packages.

    To reduce the power consumption to a minimum choose an netbook atom, NXXX, as thes support speedstep the desktop atoms don't.

    FreeBSD and hence pfSense doesn't support wireless-N at this time, though some N cards will work in G mode. If yo need N use an external access point.

    pfSense offers way more functionality than any home router and is way more fun!  :)

    Steve

    Wow I didn't know it doesn't support wireless N yet, so thanks. I was hoping to sell the router to offset some of the cost, so it looks like I will pass on pfsense for now. If only the motherboards were more affordable a lot of people could start their own diy router.


  • Netgate Administrator

    802.11-N support is right on the bleeding edge of development. If you read through the FreeBSD mailing lists or forum you'll see some people do have it working. However I'm yet to see anyone here at the pfSense forum successfully running it. You'd have to compile your own drivers and copy them across, it wouldn't be easy!  ::)

    There are some cheaper dual lan atom boards available.

    Just use an old Watchguard Firebox and spend the money you saved on electricity.

    Steve


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