Pfsense hardware home user
iam looking for a internet router with ssd/hd connection and a minimal of three network connections for a home use. what do you advise….netgate is to expensive for the purphose...
What is your internet connection speed/bandwidth?
Are you wanting to do more than firewall/NAT?
Which Netgate device is too expensive?
Using an old desktop computer is usually the cheapest solution for a home pfSense system. If you don't have any old hardware lying around you can probably purchase an old computer on Craigslist for a cheap price. You could then buy some additional network cards for the computer to get 3 interfaces.
You don't need a very fast CPU or much memory to make a decent home pfSense box.
maybe this will help you :)
i had the same big question and i decide to go for this:
- 4 gb DDR3 -1333
SSD Intel 525 Series 30GB mSATA MLC
- INTEL Network Card PRO/1000 GT //if you want a 3th Eth card
- 4 gb DDR3 -1333
I just ordered a pcengines apu1c4 Mainboard - around 230 EUR all inclusive.
I first had an used 5 years old firewall, but the apu1c4 was slightly faster and I calculated that running 24/7 the cost for electric power (which is quite expensive in germany) will make the apu1c4 cheaper than the old firewall hardware.
I have a 100Mbit/2,6Mbit Cable Internet access. pfSense runs with snort, some firewall rules, openVPN and squid proxy.
I had havp running with squid, but this slowed Internet access too much. The rest runs ok for me.
Conclusion: An pcengines apu1c4 with 30GB mSATA SSD, Case, powersupply is faster, uses less power, is more silent than a 5 year old hardware and is cheaper if you use it for more than 2 years.
Edit: Details: https://forum.pfsense.org/index.php?topic=59555