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pfSense Router Build


Big Worm
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I have been running a D-Link DIR-655 wireless router at home. I decided I would like to give pfSense a try to help break apart my wireless access point duties and firewall. I was lucky to find a deal on ebay that got me most of the parts for cheap.

 

Motherboard: Gigabyte H61M-S2PV

CPU: Intel Pentium G620

PowerSupply: Thermaltake TR2 430W

Case: Norco RPC-230

RAM: 2GB of spare ram I had lying around

Hard Drive: Again some spare 80GB drive I had lying around

NIC: 2 Intel EXPI9301CT

 

I was so worried the install would be really difficult, but after finding some guides online this was a piece a cake! I have pfSense 2.0.1 running on it. Still trying to figure our all the options, but so far I really like it.

 

Parts before assembly

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Everything inside.

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Upgraded the fans to these guys. Super quite!

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NIC Card

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Edited by no-control
fixed NIC PN for ya
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If you don't mind me asking.....what was the total cost of the build?

 

Sure. I should have put that in my initial post. Around $200

 

Did you already have a rack in your house to install this in?

Yes :)

 

Thanks for posting @Big Worm. Looks like a nice build, and I completely agree with separating your wireless from your gateway.

 

Since then I have switched out my wireless access point twice. The nice thing is the whole house internet did not go down.

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Since then I have switched out my wireless access point twice. The nice thing is the whole house internet did not go down.

 

Yep. And, separating the functions will allow both of them to perform better.

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Congrats on the build, looks good.

 

I ordered the stuff today to build an ipfire router around a HP st5742 thin client..

 

I'm shooting for super low power usage, the atom n280 in that thin client has a tdp of 2.5w.. so dual port intel nic and ssd included im hoping to get in under 10w

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  • 4 weeks later...

nice work! Did you measure the power consumption ?

i'm really interested in your solutions...my alternative is intel D2500 cc motherboard...

 

there is an error in the NIC model number, it should be EXPI9301CT, isn't it ?

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