Hanrdware requirements for 7 OpenVPN connections

  • Hi.
    I need to setup a pfSense system which will act as a server for OpenVPN for 7 clients.
    For the clients I'm thinking to use an Alix system and for the server I'm thinking about a Lex system with a Via CPU.

    What do you advise me?

    Thank you very much for your help!

  • That really depends on how much bandwidth you want to push.
    In what dimensions are you thinking?

  • Not more than 2 Mbit/sec I think…

  • You should be ok with whatever hardware you take (ALIX as server)

    Take a look at the http://pfSense.com page

    VPN - Heavy use of any of the VPN services included in pfSense will increase CPU requirements. Encrypting and decrypting traffic is CPU intensive. The number of connections is much less of a concern than the throughput required. A 266 MHz CPU will max out at around 4 Mbps of IPsec throughput, a 500 MHz CPU can push 10-15 Mbps of IPsec, and relatively new server hardware (Xeon 800 FSB and newer) deployments are pushing over 100 Mbps with plenty of capacity to spare. Supported encryption cards, such as several from Hifn, are capable of significantly reducing CPU requirements.

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