Hardware recommendation for routing gigabit connection
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Hey guys, I'm looking to maximize the use of my fiber gigabit connection at home. I've tried a few fast consumer routers (currently using a Netgear R7000) but can't get over 300-400Mbit throughput with the firewall and monitoring configuration I have setup (directly at the wall, I can easily get over 850Mbit speeds)
I'd like to have something fanless and small (or at least very quiet) that has enough speed to route/firewall a gigabit connection as well as have enough power to do some other tasks like VPN and possibly do some security camera monitoring/processing. From my research, it sounds like dual intel nics are a must have and that onboard ethernet isn't as fast as PCI-e cards. I'm looking at an i7-3770 processor to handle some other server tasks, which I assume is beefy enough to handle any firewall processing as well. I was curious if anyone knew of a good small case/mobo setup that would work for this task? Any recommendations on hardware in general for this task?
To do it fanless you are going to have to spend big on the case. The i7-3770 is a 77W TDP CPU so you would need a really seriously big heatsink to get that fanless. You don't need anything quite that fast though for Gigabit firewall/routing. You will do it with a low power i3 or i5 for example.
A Celeron G530 has been shown to do it as a data point.
What sort of VPN speeds do you need?
onboard ethernet isn't as fast as PCI-e cards.
That's not necessarily true. Often the included on-board NICs on destop boards are not that special but if you have server hardware the NICs are likely to be good. There's no advantage to being on a PCIe card, the connection to the on-board NICs is identical.
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Whoops, I meant the i7-3770s at 65W, not that that means a whole lot of difference as far as cooling. I'd be ok with a fan as long as it's quiet. This would live in a bedroom and I'm trying to limit the fan noise.
VPN speeds of 100Mbit would be plenty, 50Mbit would be the minimum I'd want for 2 simultaneous connections
As far as processing, I've got some intensive tasks I'm planning on (live motion detection through ZoneMinder on a couple of security cameras) that already task a core2 6600 @ 2.4GHz pretty well. It usually sits around 50-60% usage and I'm looking to increase the load with some other tasks.
From all my searching, I have a hard time finding dual intel ethernet on mini-atx boards. The boards/barebone kits I come across all seem to be realtek. I was hoping to get away from needing a rackmount or larger sized case for this setup, but I'm not sure I can get everything I need otherwise.
So are you planning to run pfSense virtualised then? In which case you should try to get a CPU that has virtualisation pass-through features.
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I'm planning on getting a Supermicro A1SRM-2558F-B. It's fanless, has AES-NI, 4 of the latest intel NICs, and is fast enough to route Gigabit on each core. I think it only works with ECC ram so that might be an issue or good thing depending on if you already have ram.