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Check out this barebones box from Shuttle.

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856101121&Tpk=N82E16856101121

 

$129 w/ free shipping. $119.99 after mail in rebate.

 

It has dual Ethernet and looks like it would support a pfSense or unTangle build nicely. I haven't bounced the details off of the software's supported hardware list but this looks like a good start. It has RealTek NIC's in it and I thought I saw someone having an issue with them. I have a RealTek NIC in my pfSense build and have not had any issues.

Just throwing it out here for discussion.

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I was just looking at a jetway itx board that with its daughter board would have 4 realtek nics sorry no link, I'm on my phone typing

 

Also say a supermicro itx board with 2 Intel nics

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Hardware is a bit dated I don't know if that would make it cheaper or more expensive. I know DDR2 is more than DDR3 is right now. would be a great way to recycle an old rig into a small box.

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For a router is should be fine. No-control has a point on the memory but overall it should be a great router. I have been using Untangle for months on an Atom D525 with 4 gigs of RAM and it barely gets excited even with the real time AV.

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Hardware is a bit dated I don't know if that would make it cheaper or more expensive. I know DDR2 is more than DDR3 is right now. would be a great way to recycle an old rig into a small box.

 

Socket 775...shouldn't that support DDR3?

 

My concern would be more CPU cost and power consumption if this were used as a stand alone router. Complete overkill compared to an Atom based system on both accounts. Might make for a nice kids utility PC though.

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So I've been thinking about going with something like this for Untangle. So I should be ok with a dual core Atom? Would an SSD be a waste in an Untangle install?

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So I've been thinking about going with something like this for Untangle. So I should be ok with a dual core Atom? Would an SSD be a waste in an Untangle install?

I would say it would be a waste.

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So I've been thinking about going with something like this for Untangle. So I should be ok with a dual core Atom? Would an SSD be a waste in an Untangle install?

 

Atom is fine, but I would not bother with an SSD either unless you have real small one like 20-30 sitting on a shelf or using it as cup holder. The untangle software does not use the disk hardly at all so the benefit will only on extremely rare occastions that you have reboot or install updates. I would not buy one for a speed gain.

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