PFSense Build - Hardware Advice

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  1. oxhey

    oxhey New Member

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    Below are the parts for my build.
    It will be used in a small business (16 computers + mobiles phone ...) with 150Mbps internet.

    Will this be okay with squid/squidguard/snort + antivirus running?
    What are some things I should know when setting up PFSense?

    Also can you confirm that I have the setup right:

    1. Modem into PFSense build.
    2. Ethernet from PFSense into switch.
    3. Computers + AP in switch.

    The alternative is to get a SG-2440 with the AP but that is expensive.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel - Pentium G4400 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor (£44.28 @ Ebuyer)
    Motherboard: ASRock - H270M-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard (£103.97 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Crucial - 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory (£68.52 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Transcend - 32GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£29.20 @ Amazon UK)
    Case: CiT - MTX-005B Mini ITX Tower Case w/300W Power Supply (£30.00 @ Ebuyer)
    Other: Ubiquiti Networks UAP-AC-LITE WLAN Access Point (£77.11 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £353.08
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-09-16 20:20 BST+0100
     
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    Confirmed on the setup.

    Prob OK. If you can get a second hand core i5 that's way better. But most of the firewalls in that case can run on atoms.
     
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    Are you planning to use any QoS, VPN's or extreme Firewall rules? Those can bump up the hardware requirements quite a bit.

    I personally run mine on a Supermicro A1SRM-2558F with a 250mb connection. No QoS but does have a VPN Server set up with two clients regularly attached (my phone and the ladie's phone) Handles it just fine. Can push it up to about 75% when really hammering it.

    You should be able to get away with 4GBs of RAM unless you really need it for caching. SSD might be a tad on the small side depending, again, on how much you're doing with it.
     
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    Thanks.

    I looked into the i5 but it didnt seem that much different from the G4400.
    If anything the i3 6100 seems like a better processor, but not by much - Intel Pentium G4400 vs Core i5 6400
     
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    Not planning on using VPN or QoS as this will be in a small office. Not really sure what you mean by extreme firewall rules.

    Isn't the SSD just for the OS? What's the minimum size you would recommend?
     
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    Have a similar need. 300MB up/150MB down connection with just one VPN connection for my phone/laptop when I'm traveling and using public wifi. Currently using a Unifi USG and planning to move to pfsense. Will 2-4 cores on a xeon D 1518 host be sufficient? I don't want to install pfsense on bare metal as I also want to host a Windows dc, open hab and ubiquiti controller on the same box.
     
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    MiniKnight Well-Known Member

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    Yes.
     
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    If you're not using QoS or VPN then you'll be fine with a small deployment.

    It is for the OS but it also holds logs, swap tables, etc. I have a 210 GB HDD and its currently using ~60GBs of the drive.
     
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