First PfSense box: buy used computer?
Here is what I plan on doing:
-VPN into network while traveling
-Service about 4 devices (1-2 people using network)
-Turning on Squid and Snort to learn/play around with.
Since it looks like that building a box from scratch would be several hundred dollars, I think I'm going to start by getting a used desktop and Intel dual gigabit NIC, probably on eBay.
My question is: What are some good used "bang for your buck" desktops I should be looking at? I'd like to keep it under $100.
arduino last edited by
Take a look at the hardware requirements page ( https://www.pfsense.org/hardware/ )
You shouldn't have any problems finding a used desktop to use for pfSense, but I would recommend that you try and find a desktop that does have an Intel NIC.
Look for some slimline Dell machines. They're cheap and use Intel.
That is EXACTLY the sort of deal I was looking for.
Are some models more reliable than others? I imagine more business/workstation oriented ones might be?
How much power do you think that will draw?
Also, will these hold a standard size PCIe NIC? How much slower is a standard PCI?
arduino last edited by
You'll need low profile brackets for this one.
As for reliability, I've personally used several of this exact model for years during testing. Currently have a friend using one and his uptime right now is at 670 days. I haven't had a single issue with 2.2.4 or any previous releases.
PCI is obviously much slower but it does have 1GB on-board Intel Nic and one PCI-E 16x slot.
If you pay shipping, Ill send you one for free. I live in Canada.
tgharold last edited by
I went with a refurb Core2Duo box, like the Lenovo M58p units at NewEgg. They're about $75-$85, come with 2-4GB of RAM and only pull 40W idle (55W fully loaded). Add in a refurb low-profile dual-NIC Intel PRO/1000 for another $75-$85 and you have something that will do fine for up to 500 Mbps traffic.
If something in the PC breaks, another one is only $75-$85. And I can just move the NIC from one box to another (or replace it if it dies).
Putting a SSD in the unit is overkill, but can drop your power usage a few more watts.
Thanks for your reply. How does the Lenovo compare to the Optiplex? I have my eye on this one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/331642446884?_trksid=p2060353.m2763.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
Jailer last edited by
According to some pictures online the riser card in that thing is PCI so you'd be limited to PCI expansion cards for additional LAN ports. But if you have a hard drive laying around that you can throw in it for $20 I'd try it out.