Suggest Hardware for deployment in college!!!



  • 30mbps internet speed!!! Yes its slow i live in india!
    1 wired network for office connections.
    2 wireless aps with 2 nics (1 nic for each ap)
    firewall to block certain websites on these APs and deploy captive portal on APs
    Suggest me rugged Motherboard or will an existing 2 or 3rd gen mobo suffice?
    4gb and what cpu should i go with
    its mission critical
    and will use local database for captive portal
    200 students max for captive portal only 20-25 active at a time.
    Wont be using squid cuz it interferes with captive portal
    pfSense 2.3
    Budget $ 300 max



  • @mafiosa:

    30mbps internet speed!!! Yes its slow i live in india!
    1 wired network for office connections.
    2 wireless aps with 2 nics (1 nic for each ap)
    firewall to block certain websites on these APs and deploy captive portal on APs
    Suggest me rugged Motherboard or will an existing 2 or 3rd gen mobo suffice?
    4gb and what cpu should i go with
    its mission critical
    and will use local database for captive portal
    200 students max for captive portal only 20-25 active at a time.
    Wont be using squid cuz it interferes with captive portal
    pfSense 2.3
    Budget $ 300 max

    Apparently you don't need a very high performance machine to do the job, maybe you can take a look to my current build for reference.

    So my Jetway board is a long-life cycle supporting board, an industrial grade so I believe it suits the mission critical operation, what you might need to change is to add in a HDD/SDD for full install instead of NanoBSD (as full install allows gMirror for soft RAID1 protection).

    Other options for mobo: Asrock J1900D2Y, Asrock AD2550R/U3S3, Supermicro X10SBA-L with a single/dual port PCI-E add-on ethernet card, I probably won't suggest the Rangeley processor series to you as the mobo itself + ECC ram are already out of your budget.



  • gigabyte j1900-d3v with dual nic, cheap case and psu, 8gb ram, 120gb ssd



  • @messerchmidt:

    gigabyte j1900-d3v with dual nic, cheap case and psu, 8gb ram, 120gb ssd

    Including the onboard LAN, this setup can only be extended to at most 3 LAN ports, while 2 of them are Realtek LAN, I don't really recommend this for a mission critical system.



  • my above post + 1pci network card

    if your on the cheap, difficult to do.



  • @messerchmidt:

    my above post + 1pci network card

    if your on the cheap, difficult to do.

    then I would rather go for stability and choose the cheaper Intel D2500CCE, with 2 x onboard Intel LAN, and you can add 1 x PCI Intel LAN to make a 3-port setup.


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