Can you help me to choose a motherboard?



  • Hi,

    I want to build a pfsense server for home use. I was looking available mini-itx motherboards in my country, and saw that all of them has one realtek gigabit lan. If i buy a intel lan adapter(this one for example: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833106121 ) for second lan, will pfsense have issues? Because motherboard has realtek and I will add intel card.

    There is MSI C847IS-P33 motherboard and its price is affordable. Also it has celeron dual core processor. Should I go with that?

    There is also ASUS P8H61-I, MSI C847IS-P33, Gigabyte GA-H61N(cheapest) in my country as mini-itx board.


  • Netgate Administrator

    What are you using pfSense for? What is you WAN speed? How many internal subnets do you want to have? Do you want to separate wifi clients? Do you want to run packages like Squid or Snort?
    All those things effect what CPU you'll need so I can't say yet if that Celeron will be suitable.

    You will have no problem with adding an Intel NIC. You should try to get a PCIe NIC for Gigabit Ethenet though, the PCI bus can be limiting.

    Steve



  • @stephenw10:

    What are you using pfSense for? What is you WAN speed? How many internal subnets do you want to have? Do you want to separate wifi clients? Do you want to run packages like Squid or Snort?
    All those things effect what CPU you'll need so I can't say yet if that Celeron will be suitable.

    You will have no problem with adding an Intel NIC. You should try to get a PCIe NIC for Gigabit Ethenet though, the PCI bus can be limiting.

    Steve

    Thank you for the reply.

    I have 25mbps down 5 mbps up line at home. My build will be like this: My isp router>>pfsense>>my computer or my isp router>>pfsense>>my computer+another router for 2pc's at home. I don't know how I am going to configure it, but i will think that later once I setup pfsense.

    I am planning to use openvpn for extra but encryption might be a problem I don't know. I am currently using 2048 bit rsa and 384 bit for authentication and 256bit for data encryption + compression(lzo). I don't think i will use squid or snort.


  • Netgate Administrator

    You should no problems using that cpu on a 25/5 connection. It will also handle VPN at 25Mbps. Do you need to allow for future bandwidth upgrades?

    Steve



  • I have contact with my isp for the next 2 years. So I have to use this speed for now.