small fanless mini-pc for home router/firewall?
dweimer at dweimer.net
Wed May 8 15:32:39 UTC 2013
On 05/08/2013 9:10 am, firmdog at gmail.com wrote:
> What is the best option out there for a mini-pc to run FreeBSD as a
> router/firewall? (needs to have 2 nic's)
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You might want to look at the pfSense project, works great for this use,
Embedded FreeBSD with Web configuration. <http://www.pfsense.org> they
have a hardware page on the website with links to vendors where you can
get some complete kits and do it your self assembly and installation for
around $200 (using PC Engines Alix Boards), or for a little more
pre-assembled, and installed systems.
I have been running it at my house and 3 installations at work for well
over a year, on the Alix platforms. Performance and stability have been
great, though the Alix platform does lack memory and processor for doing
much more than routing/dhcp/firewall/ipsec. I used one of the do it
your-self kits at my house, and used pre-assembled and installed setups
for work, big difference is writing the image to the compact flash
yourself. Assembly is so simple it might as well not be called
If you are wanting IPSEC do pay attention though to the throughput on
the Alix systems, and what you have available on your bandwidth, the
same would likely go for any of the low boarded fan less systems, they
should all handle routing/firewall just fine for whatever bandwidth you
likely have but once you starting getting into 15Mbits and up these
smaller boards will likely struggle with IPSEC.
Dean E. Weimer
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