Hardware Requirement- RAM question
I am new to pfSense, I have read fair amount of information (may be not enough)
in regards to hardware requirement, specifically referring to RAM memory on the
Currently, I would like to recycle an old dinosaur- Pentium 2 350MHz
system. The motherboard is capable of supporting 256MB x 3 dimm slots = 768MB (max)
I have read on the The Definite Guide v2.1 (draft) stating the minimum
requirement for pfSense to run is the following:
Referring to page 30:
1) CPU = 100 MHz
2) RAM = 256MB or more
Both criteria are meet, as you can see. :)
However, I am a bit concern about installing Snort and Squid proxy
in pfSense. As you know minimum RAM size to run Snort is 512MB.
The reminder RAM usage balance is 256MB (768MB -512MB = 256MB)
Installation will be on USB thumb drive (using memstick image)
So, this means the swap partition will be moved to the RAM
Users on the network will be 5 people maximum.
Question is does the remaining of 256MB suffice for pfSense
to function smoothly and stably, since I am planning to install
more packages later which I assume will take up more space
on the RAM.
Your advice is much appreciated.
Depending on how much bandwidth you've got, that box may get crushed and RAM has nothing to do with it.