HP Microserver N36L as pfSense server
digis last edited by
I've been offered a HP Microserver N36L for a good price, and I was thinking of using it as a pfSense server.
However, I'm wondering if it's fast enough.
CPU: AMD Athlon II Neo N36L / 1.3 GHz
HDD: 200GB WD Black
RAM: 4GB DDR3 ECC
NIC: HP NC107i 1GbE
More info can be found here: http://microserver.wikidot.com/wiki:n36l-specifications
It will be used as router+firewall+VPN server in a home network with a maximum of 8 users simoutanesly on. I want to mount 2 extra GbE NIC's so I can do loadbalancing and failover between my primary 60mbit cable and my backup 10mbit ADSL2+ lines.
Could I be running into performance and/or compatibility troubles with this setup?
70Mbps throughput, no problem. You may struggle to saturate that with vpn traffic though.
Are you planning to run snort or squid?
sebjavierw last edited by
I am also curious about doing a pfSense build with my N40L.
Could you let me know if it is successful or not and what network cards you used?
biggsy last edited by
N36|40|54L are good machines for pfSense - or even low demand ESXi, given enough memory ;) Low power and practically noiseless.
I would recommend that you try to find a used HP NC360T dual gigabit card. Depending where you are they can be quite inexpensive. Just be sure you get one with a low-profile bracket!
I run my pfsense on N40L, I have added a dual nic and single nic so I have 4. I have 8GB of memory in mine - thinking of moving to 16.
Pfsense runs great on it as a vm under esxi - I would never go back to running my router directly on hardware.. With a vm, I can take as snapshot before I do anything with it and then can always roll back.. This is great when running development code, ie before 2.1 was released, etc..
Here are the cards I used
Sold by amtech - I contacted them with my order number and they made sure I got the low profile bracket, etc. Great service from them.
So I run my NAS with 3 disks and my linux play vm and other vm on and off and have no problems with performance.. But there are always at min 3 vms on, etc. Thing rocks!!