Suggestions for PFSense Build



  • I'll keep this simple. I need some suggestions for a new PFSense build that I will need built between now and Fall 2015

    budget = $400 or less
    Reliably support a gigabit Fiber connection. (Moving to Austin, TX next fall)
    Will be used for basic routing + firewall and possibly some webcaching.

    anywho I'm off to bed, but I wanted to get this posted before I went to sleep.


  • Netgate Administrator

    Power consumption or noise any concern?
    You want new hardware?

    Steve



  • @stephenw10:

    Power consumption or noise any concern?
    You want new hardware?

    Steve

    hmmm power consumption isn't too big a priority and on the noise, It doesn't have to be silent, but it needs to be fairly quiet.

    basically all I need in terms of suggestions is mobo+cpu+ram+nics.

    and all I need is two nics one for wan, and one for LAN going to my gigabit switch.


  • Netgate Administrator

    Plenty of older server hardware on Ebay would meet your specs if you don't need it to be new. You'd need to choose carefully get a relatively quiet one though.

    Steve



  • @stephenw10:

    Plenty of older server hardware on Ebay would meet your specs if you don't need it to be new. You'd need to choose carefully get a relatively quiet one though.

    Steve

    yea I thought about eBay I think I may go all new.

    I'll let you guys know what I come up with soon.


  • Netgate Administrator

    The processing requirement to get to 1Gbps throughput of firewall/NAT is not that large. There is an example Gigabit build here using a Celeron G530. You could easily build up something similar for <$400. You will need something more powerful than that if you want to run Squid/Squidguard as well. A faster harddrive and CPU but I don't really have any figures for how much faster.  :-\ You should be able to do it well within your budget though.

    Steve



  • Cool, I think then the retired HTPC I have will do the job then.

    I also got to thinking, that there really is no point in doing squid with those kinda speeds.

    Anywho I will need to get a couple Intel PCIe Nics but here are the specs of my (kinda) old HTPC

    3GHz AMD A4-4000
    4GB PC1600 DDR3 SDRAM
    500GB 7200rpm HDD (I believe its a Seagate, can't remember though)


  • Netgate Administrator

    The a4-4000 is hard to compare, there aren't any direct benchmarks for it I could find. However it appears to be closely matched with a Core2duo E6400. That is the case it's ~50% slower than the G530 so it may or may not be sufficient.

    Steve



  • you could go with the Jetway NF9D-2550 , i am using it at home.

    its solid, with a pci slot i have 2 more NIC for LAN.

    handles alot of streaming / file backup traffic at the same time letting me maintain less than 180ms on Diablo 3.

    rgds


  • Netgate Administrator

    An Atom D2550 will not get 1Gbps throughput, even without any packages.

    Steve



  • for gigabit i would go for a dell power edge with xeon or an old HP server

    I only have a 100M fiber, averaging out on 80-89M, this is sufficient foe me.


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