lots of folks use pfsense. I am sure it gets the job done, I just never liked it... lol I used Sophos for many years and never had issue with it. It was a polished package for Home nerd usage. Nowadays, I love vyos for its simplicity, performance, and effectiveness.
No worries, op. I have no personal need for 40gbe in my home or lab. but I suspect others would love to set one up in their labs. And it’s a community of sharing which makes it a great site. Hence my reference to the switch mod post and poster. And also the main contributor to your low cost...
vyos is forked from vyatta. It’s command line only, like juniper os. Just a good ole open source router, firewall. But it’s fast and efficient and I like the way the firewall confirms work.
suricate is another flavor of ids, ips... Securityonion is a pretty slick package of open...
The big savings is, of course, getting a 40gbe switch for a steal... all with the assist from a generous poster here who shared the secret sauce to convert a dumb emc ib switch into a fully functioning l3 40gbe switch. :)
So It helps to be in the right place at the right time.
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Everything you mentioned is good. I run vyos and suricata in-line. Just a variant of what you have listed. The most valuable thing I found with my children is education. Teach them about the internet and the benefits and dangers. Make learning fun.
Yeah - nicehash is paying pretty competitively right now. I've had all my nodes pointed to cryptonight stratums for a week now and (as Joel mentioned in another post) its less hassle to draw income without all the exchange activity. Another plus is recent BTC price action is favorable.