PfSense build for homenetwork



  • Hey there, ive finally decided to put a build together but I am very unsure of what parts to get.

    I think low power consumption is quite important but here are the speeds I will need the box to handle: 1gigabit wanspeed and 1gigabit LAN speed.

    I will have around 20 users.

    Greateful for recomendations.
    I have thought about the ASRock C2750D4I boards but I am not sure.



  • @Dazzler:

    I have thought about the ASRock C2750D4I boards but I am not sure.

    Not sure of what?

    Motherboard meets your criteria.



  • @Blade:

    @Dazzler:

    I have thought about the ASRock C2750D4I boards but I am not sure.

    Not sure of what?

    Motherboard meets your criteria.

    Yeah,actually the motherboard you have seems to be the one i looked at the other day?, what I am concerned about is which AP to buy and if I need to buy an extra NIC cardto get Intel NICs, i wouldn't want anything less than gigabit speeds over LAN. I currently sit at around 50-60 at best and that's shameful.

    What kind of boot device should I get?



  • Hey there, ive finally decided to put a build together but I am very unsure of what parts to get.

    This is mostly pending on many things and not only one or two things.

    • installed packets
    • used services
    • offered functions
    • turned on options

    I think low power consumption is quite important but here are the speeds I will need the box to handle: 1gigabit wanspeed and 1gigabit LAN speed.

    For 1 GBit/s at the WAN port it is useful to know what connection art you are using!

    • PPPoE
    • static or dynamic address
    • FTTH/FTTC or coper connection

    I will have around 20 users.

    wired or wireless clients?

    Greateful for recomendations.
    I have thought about the ASRock C2750D4I boards but I am not sure.

    This is based on an Intel SoC called Avoton, this comes together with AES-NI and TurboBoost, the other
    Intel SoC called "Rangeley" is coming together with the AES-NI and Intel QuickAssist that should be more
    for firewall and router usage, the other one is more produced for running servers and NAS appliances.

    This board is at ~420 € here in Germany and the SuperMicro A1SRi-2758 (Rangeley) is about ~370 €
    if this is not really yours, I would suggest two other things you should be lucky with.

    • ASUS Q87T
      This board is supporting many different CPUs and you will be able to upgrade it if you need and want it.
      And it is also accepting up to max. of 16 GB of RAM and one mSATA and one WiFi miniPCIe card, together
      with an Intel i3, i5 or E3 it will be surely able to route 1 GBit/s at the WAN port with ease.
      Together with an Intel dual or quad port network adapter it will be surely route the traffic
      well for you.

    • Cisco SG300-20 Switch
      This switch can handle the entire LAN and VLAN traffic with "wire speed", not really cheap but
      really long in usage for you!!!!

    Yeah,actually the motherboard you have seems to be the one i looked at the other day?, what I am concerned about is which AP to buy and if I need to buy an extra NIC cardto get Intel NICs, i wouldn't want anything less than gigabit speeds over LAN. I currently sit at around 50-60 at best and that's shameful.

    UBNT WiFi APs are doing a good job and will be cheap and on top a free of charge wireless controller software
    that can be used to configure and manage them right.

    What kind of boot device should I get?

    mSATA from crucial with 60/80/120 GBs



  • @Dazzler:

    @Blade:

    @Dazzler:

    I have thought about the ASRock C2750D4I boards but I am not sure.

    Not sure of what?

    Motherboard meets your criteria.

    Yeah,actually the motherboard you have seems to be the one i looked at the other day?, what I am concerned about is which AP to buy and if I need to buy an extra NIC cardto get Intel NICs, i wouldn't want anything less than gigabit speeds over LAN. I currently sit at around 50-60 at best and that's shameful.

    What kind of boot device should I get?

    pfSense is optimized for two features: AES-NI and QuickAssist Technology. The C2758 has both features and two additional NIC. Low power consumption was not a factor.

    Any consumer-grade wireless router can be configured as an AP. The Ubiquiti AP hasn't been installed.

    Boot device choice depends on whether you intend to install packages like snort or squid.



  • @BlueKobold:

    Hey there, ive finally decided to put a build together but I am very unsure of what parts to get.

    This is mostly pending on many things and not only one or two things.

    • installed packets
    • used services
    • offered functions
    • turned on options

    I think low power consumption is quite important but here are the speeds I will need the box to handle: 1gigabit wanspeed and 1gigabit LAN speed.

    For 1 GBit/s at the WAN port it is useful to know what connection art you are using!

    • PPPoE
    • static or dynamic address
    • FTTH/FTTC or coper connection

    I will have around 20 users.

    wired or wireless clients?

    Greateful for recomendations.
    I have thought about the ASRock C2750D4I boards but I am not sure.

    This is based on an Intel SoC called Avoton, this comes together with AES-NI and TurboBoost, the other
    Intel SoC called "Rangeley" is coming together with the AES-NI and Intel QuickAssist that should be more
    for firewall and router usage, the other one is more produced for running servers and NAS appliances.

    This board is at ~420 € here in Germany and the SuperMicro A1SRi-2758 (Rangeley) is about ~370 €
    if this is not really yours, I would suggest two other things you should be lucky with.

    • ASUS Q87T
      This board is supporting many different CPUs and you will be able to upgrade it if you need and want it.
      And it is also accepting up to max. of 16 GB of RAM and one mSATA and one WiFi miniPCIe card, together
      with an Intel i3, i5 or E3 it will be surely able to route 1 GBit/s at the WAN port with ease.
      Together with an Intel dual or quad port network adapter it will be surely route the traffic
      well for you.

    • Cisco SG300-20 Switch
      This switch can handle the entire LAN and VLAN traffic with "wire speed", not really cheap but
      really long in usage for you!!!!

    Yeah,actually the motherboard you have seems to be the one i looked at the other day?, what I am concerned about is which AP to buy and if I need to buy an extra NIC cardto get Intel NICs, i wouldn't want anything less than gigabit speeds over LAN. I currently sit at around 50-60 at best and that's shameful.

    UBNT WiFi APs are doing a good job and will be cheap and on top a free of charge wireless controller software
    that can be used to configure and manage them right.

    What kind of boot device should I get?

    mSATA from crucial with 60/80/120 GBs

    As far as installed packets I plan on using network wide adblock for one.
    I plan on using 8 gigs of ram and a 16 or 32 gig SATADOM.

    I am thinking to use my old router ASUS RTAC66U as an AP but I don't really know how to demote it to an AP but that is something I will have to figure out.
    One other thing ive thought about is having my servers on a separate VLAN than the wireless devices.

    I would also like to monitor useage and see statistics of how much is used.
    Sorry for my very alte reply.

    I would like to use both squid and snort. Is 8 gigs of ram enough?
    Also, I have downsized to 15 clients in total. So a 10 port CISCO Switch wouldn't be bad.
    Should I get the 4 or 8 core version?, I currently use 1 Gbit/s.


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