Squid on m1n1wall

  • My apologies if this question has been asked before.  I searched and didn't find a previous thread.  I am a newbie to this.  Not a network guy by any stretch of the imagination, but I do like to tinker and have learned my way in and around my little m1n1wall (256M RAM) running 4G Nano pfSense.

    I've been looking at running Squid for a home office scenario with 5 users.  I would classify them as light to moderate internet users.  Sites they access is fairly dynamic, but there's some consistency.  My question is, given the small specs of the m1n1 and the corresponding need to throttle down Squid's cache, is it even worth running in this scenario?

    Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

  • Don't take my comment too seriously because I'm also a newbie but I thought pfSense 2.x vanilla needed 512MB. You're going to add squid in the context and your box only has 256MB.
    Just a thought ;)

  • Thanks.  I'm guessing the nano version takes less because my dashboard's showing me I'm using 48% of my memory.  When I run squid, it bumps up to ~70% using the following primary parameters:

    • HD cache is nul.

    • Memory cache size is  32M

    • Low water mark is 80%

    • High water mark is 90%

    So, I seem to be in bounds of my resources.  My user experience does seem a bit snappier, but I could be imagining it.  Just seems like 32K RAM cache isn't enough to really accomplish anything.

  • Netgate Administrator

    I would suggest it isn't worth running Squid in your scenario.
    256MB may be just enough but you could run into trouble. There are people running Squid on the Alix but almost all using it with caching disabled, just for web filtering. Even then it's not recommended.


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