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Okay, hardware.


What are you guys running?


My thoughts so far is that it will be either an Atom or a Ivy Bridge Celeron ITX board


RAM? How much is needed?

Hard Drive? Will a flash drive do?

NIC's? obviously 2 NIC's but is there any preference over brands?

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For my pfsense router I use a Atom D525 with 4GB of RAM and a 30GB SSD.  Almost all of it was an over kill, but it runs well.

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I heard somewhere a while back to stay away from USB NIC's and I'm not sure why.  I think it was just an extra complexity, driver issue, etc.


I use a refurb HP desktop. Pentium 4, 2GB RAM, 120GB spinner. Got it real cheap and tossed an extra NIC card into it.  I put a deal in the Deals forum a week or so ago with a refurb example that might work as a router.  It's no doubt expired but maybe an idea for you.

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What are the hard drive requirements for Untangle? is an SSD actually better than a drive for it?


I would get an old P4 box, but since moving into my own place I now have to pay bills D: Including electric 

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I thought I'd put something different into the mix.


I personally use a Cisco 2621XM router to double as firewall. You could get one used off eBay for cheap. On my setup, it's configured to do Zone-based Firewall. By default, it has two fastethernet interfaces built-in and a few empty slots for optional modules (WAN or LAN). You can add more ethernet interfaces using a suitable module.



1. Cheaper than setting up a PC - Old models like the 2621XM costs under $100

2. Low power consumption - I measured mine to take only about 20W

3. They're enterprise-grade and purpose-built appliances



1. Learning the CLI can be a bit steep if you're unfamiliar with Cisco IOS. But then, there's Google to help you out (or I can)*

2. Additional interface modules are Cisco proprietary and can be more expensive than a PC-based NIC


* I hold CCNA, CCDA, CCNP and CCIE certs.

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I find smaller business computers from Dell, Lenovo and HP work well. The smallest have no slots so they are limited in Ethernet ports.

Here are some I have used;




Most of these type of PC's use low profile cards. If you need to upgrade memory it can be pricey on old PC's.

Geeks.com is a good place to buy these. Check your local Craigslist. These systems always end up on CL.

As for HD's, if you want something fast and cheap, 80GB 10K for $20;




Many of the small form factor systems had room for a full size pci card. These quad 10/100 Matrox are Intel based $50;


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