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My Sophos build,,, take two


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Here is the Sophos UTM I am putting together:

HP Pro 3000 SFF

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550

8GB memory

Two 80 WD VR 10K drives RAID1 on a AMCC/3WARE 9650SE-2LP RAID controller

Two single port Intel Gb NIC's

One Intel dual optical port Gb NIC

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The 9650SE dual port is fully supported by Sophos. It is a PCIe x1 card so it is easy to find a slot for it. You can find them on eBay under $25.

The onboard Realtek NIC is the management port. The first Intel NIC is the WAN in port. The second one I may use as a DMZ. The dual port NIC, port 1 is my home network, port 2 is my lab network. 

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Can't help but think that that is a lot of power consumption for a router.

and you would be correct!  :)

This is a bit of an experiment using pieces and parts I had. Everything in the box is overkill, but I wanted to test a few ideas. It is not hard to rebuild Sophos, but I want to see if the RAID1 would work properly. The CPU and memory are more than required, but I wanted to compare performance. 

Maybe I will look at building a low power version.

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Yeah, that's definitely overkill. 

I'm using an Intel Atom D2550 and 4GBs of RAM, and coming nowhere near maxing out the hardware.

 

 

And I'm curious to see how you like it.

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Yeah, that's definitely overkill. 

I'm using an Intel Atom D2550 and 4GBs of RAM, and coming nowhere near maxing out the hardware.

 

 

And I'm curious to see how you like it.

I have run it in the past.

A few years ago I switched to a ZyXel firewall. Now I am heading back to Sophos.

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I would like to see someone build a NUC-sized machine with a low power SOC and 2-4 NICs.  Basically, the DN2820 NUC with 4 NICs should work in at sub-10W with a SSD.  They could get it back down to 8W if they used an eMMC possibly.

 

I'd be happy to run a firewall on a machine like that.  

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I like the raid idea as these days if the router goes you really can't do much. I have found that as I ask my sophos to do more as in filtering out adverts and all my email as well as having a powerful anti virus component it is definitely slower than my old asus rtN66u but plenty more RAM and CPU will not improve the situation.

 

I have a 4 core processor and 8GB of RAM so I am not short on anything. It definitely does not need the 4 core. The reports it provides are excellent.

 

CPU usage for the last month: Max = 9.6% Ave = 0.39%

Memory Usage for the last month: Max = 30% Ave = 20%

 

I agree with Drashna that your setup is plenty powerful for a LAN with only 3 or 4 users.

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I have found that as I ask my sophos to do more as in filtering out adverts and all my email as well as having a powerful anti virus component it is definitely slower than my old asus rtN66u but plenty more RAM and CPU will not improve the situation.

 

I have a 4 core processor and 8GB of RAM so I am not short on anything. It definitely does not need the 4 core. The reports it provides are excellent.

 

CPU usage for the last month: Max = 9.6% Ave = 0.39%

Memory Usage for the last month: Max = 30% Ave = 20%

 

I agree with Drashna that your setup is plenty powerful for a LAN with only 3 or 4 users.

 

So you're saying your Sophos is actually slower than an Asus RTN66u?

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A lot slower but it is putting every website and email through a filter as per my settings.

 

Just to reiterate. I am not taking about DL speed. DL speed is the same on either router.

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