Power saving mode???



  • Hi there:

    I've put together a PC that will be running pfsense as my router.  My setup will be ISPmodem >> Pfsense Router >> Switch >> PCs/NAS/etc….

    This will be in my house, and most of the time the network will be idle throughout the day. So my question is, does anyone know if Pfsense has some software that will put the PC into a stand-by mode after like 30 minutes of no activity, and then wake itself up whenever it receives a request for internet access?

    The wan connection will be on a static IP address received from the ISPmodem, and the Lan connection is the default one on pfsense.  The ISPmodem is on all the time, and so is the switch, but those are low power consumption devices, versus the PC where Pfsense will be running, which although I've setup to consume as little electricity as possible, I'm sure it still will draw more than the others.

    Thank you in advance.



  • Check for a low power consumption devices for pfsense too.

    alix boards works fine with pfsense.



  • ALIX is great something like 5 watts with WiFi.

    Otherwise use low power hardware and enable PowerD. You can get a decent Atom machine pulling 20 watts or less.



  • @danielc:

    does anyone know if Pfsense has some software that will put the PC into a stand-by mode after like 30 minutes of no activity, and then wake itself up whenever it receives a request for internet access?

    You can't wake a system upon a request for Internet access, just not possible with anything.

    Besides, even a small home network is highly unlikely to have 30 minutes of inactivity unless you power off every single Internet-connected device. Best to get something low power and leave it running. Only alternative is to power it off and back on as needed manually, or via wake-on-LAN.


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