Looking to replace my aged desktop running pfsence 2.0.1.
Currently two 4M DSL lines go into a load balance router and then into the pfsence box. I run the box as a pub wifi server. The captive portal is in use, customised to log users name, email, postcode into a flat file database, sending emails out with each new user.
I also use the proxy server to log sites visited (can I limit proxy disk space and still log all sites?).
BT infinity is due to be available soon, and was planning on getting two 80/20 lines installed, and expect to achieve near to 70-80M.
What sort of hardware is best? Can I just get an I5 or I7 tower with plenty of RAM?
Any reason you're not using pfSense to load balance the connections?
160/40 is not a particularly high throughput, you could handle that with an Atom. Adding Squid to the mix will increase that requirement but I would still expect a relatively recent Atom to handle it.
An i5 or i7 is probably overkill for this application unless you plan on adding, say, Snort or using VPNs extensively.
The router was in place to load balance before I went with pfsence, so it remained. There are a couple network connections in front of the pfsence box too, so it was just left as is.
I prefer a little overkill :-)