Hardware advice: small UK office
I've just had a go with pfsense and multi-wan on virtual box. It seemed pretty great, and so with that and many recommendations from reddit (1) I was considering it for our small office.
I was hoping that you could help with choosing hardware.
~ 10 users
2 x ADSL lines ~ 8 down 1 up (rural)
possibility of a 3rd ADSL in the future if no fibre to the cabinet reaches us
draytek for vpn, wireless and routing + 2 consumer wireless APs. The draytek has been unstable and doesn't support DHCP relay to the internal windows DHCP server for VPN clients unfortunately.
windows server for DNS and DHCP
New Setup Vague Thoughts
pfsense router with 4 ethernet ports
3 pack of unifi wireless APs
I was looking at the FW-7551(2) but wasn't sure whether it would work in the UK. I would consider the support option offered by pfsense, so would want to get a platform they be happy to support.
Side Note - if it helps anyone
For testing I made VM with 4 NICs: one for the LAN (internal network only 192.168.2.1/24) and the other 3 as WANs (bridged adapter) so they could be handed IPs by my home router. With another client VM (ubuntu desktop, 1 x NIC, internal network) I was handed an IP by pfsense. I made a load balancing gateway group and then, in the virtual box host program, used the "cable connected" tick box to simulate a failure on one of the WAN NICs, which probably isn't quite right but it seemed to work for the ubuntu test client. All quite fun for a networking novice such as myself :).
I use for my office network with ~ same case but with 21-25 pc
here the config :
Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 1037U @ 1.80GHz
2 CPUs: 1 package(s) x 2 core(s)
2 Go ram
SSD 60 Go
2 LAN onboard (1000baseT <full-duplex>)
Very simple : squid, havp and darkstat..
The 7551 has an external power brick so in the worst case you'd have to get a replacement locally. Most power bricks have wide voltage range inputs anyway in which case you'd just need the right plug lead. ESF/Negate would be able to tell you for sure though
8 core atom supermicro board with quad lan: http://www.supermicro.com/products/motherboard/Atom/X10/A1SAM-2750F.cfm
16gb corsair ecc ra (8gbx2)
pick a ssd, sata-dom, or small hd
300w seasonic psu
pick a case a case
overkill, but futureproof. you can run some vms on same for the future if you choose.
3x intel nic for dsl on board
1x intel nic to your network
extra pcie slots for future use
can be remotely managed with ipmi, which is a nice feature.
thanks for the examples Khampol / messerchmidt.
The possibility of other applications looks good - squid might help with the limited speed at our site especially.
thanks also stephenw10 - I will check in with netgate. I might go for their support contract instead as a way of supproting them - not sure yet!