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PFSense home brew firewall/router #4538192
10/09/17 03:34 PM
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Who is using PFSense and who made their own box? I hear that the newer version of PFSense will require AES-NI capable CPU's and right now I have mine running on an old AMD Athalon X64 3000+ and want to build a new box, preferably ITX with dual NIC's on-board but this is negotiable.

Thoughts?


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Re: PFSense home brew firewall/router [Re: StevieC] #4538205
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I've used it in the past, but not presently.

It's a very robust firewall solution though, and I've always been very fond of it.


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Re: PFSense home brew firewall/router [Re: StevieC] #4538218
10/09/17 03:58 PM
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I hoped you would stumble in here as I value your opinion with I.T. things. I'm happy with it on my current box and the hardware is really not taxed at all but thinking ahead and wanting to use an SSD for faster caching responses I wanted to upgrade to an AES-NI compatible CPU and I'm not sure which hardware to pick.

The current stable release of 2.3 is pretty nice with it's Web GUI.

smile

Last edited by StevieC; 10/09/17 03:58 PM.

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Re: PFSense home brew firewall/router [Re: StevieC] #4538219
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Oh and by the way the Ubiquity Unfi AC-UAP-Pro access points with B/G/N/AC are amazing. I'm so done with consumer grade wireless router junk. Go Pro or go home. LOL


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Re: PFSense home brew firewall/router [Re: StevieC] #4538227
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How much caching are you doing? Mine always just cached to RAM making disk performance a non-issue. Actually had one where the (Seagate) hard drive died and it kept running for months until a power failure depleted the UPS to the point it shut off LOL.

The list of Intel CPU's that support AES-NI is extensive:
https://ark.intel.com/Search/FeatureFilter?productType=processors&AESTech=true

So I would do something similar to what you have presently using one of those CPU's, or finding a micro HP or DELL box with one of those CPU's already on E-bay or Kijiji and plop a 2nd NIC into it.


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Re: PFSense home brew firewall/router [Re: StevieC] #4538240
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Thanks hadn't considered the Dell/HP Box or the E-Bay . KJiji route. Good Idea.

Not a ton of caching but I would like it to be as fast as possible because the network is loaded at times.


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Re: PFSense home brew firewall/router [Re: StevieC] #4538242
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Originally Posted By: StevieC
Thanks hadn't considered the Dell/HP Box or the E-Bay . KJiji route. Good Idea.

Not a ton of caching but I would like it to be as fast as possible because the network is loaded at times.


Are you specifically configuring it to cache to disk? Because, IIRC, by default it doesn't.

Though for reliability, lower power consumption and speed of doing updates and boot ups, I fully support the SSD idea.


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Re: PFSense home brew firewall/router [Re: StevieC] #4538249
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No whatever it does by default, I just see the HDD light flashing every few seconds so I assumed. Guess I should have read the logs which is what it's probably writing to the drive. crackmeup


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Re: PFSense home brew firewall/router [Re: StevieC] #4538252
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Originally Posted By: StevieC
No whatever it does by default, I just see the HDD light flashing every few seconds so I assumed. Guess I should have read the logs which is what it's probably writing to the drive. crackmeup


Yeah, that's probably logging, LOL


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Re: PFSense home brew firewall/router [Re: StevieC] #4538259
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This is the point where I say DIR right?

God I feel like the lady on the I.T. Crowd that thought she broke the Internet. LOL


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Re: PFSense home brew firewall/router [Re: StevieC] #4538272
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Originally Posted By: StevieC
This is the point where I say DIR right?

God I feel like the lady on the I.T. Crowd that thought she broke the Internet. LOL


LMAO!!!


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Re: PFSense home brew firewall/router [Re: OVERKILL] #4538297
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I remember the good ole IT DIR days in Massachusetts. My office was upper right..



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Re: PFSense home brew firewall/router [Re: LeakySeals] #4538301
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crackmeup crackmeup crackmeup crackmeup


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Re: PFSense home brew firewall/router [Re: StevieC] #4538305
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LOL! grin


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Re: PFSense home brew firewall/router [Re: StevieC] #4538442
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AMD has chips that support their version of AES-NI, but your motherboard has to support it as well. There is a huge performance difference if your app can leverage AES-NI vs not having it, but rarely is AES-NI "required", rather its is a really nice thing to have. I have no experience with PFSense but I do with a lot of other apps that use AES-NI. It can lead to really puzzling performance problems when you think its available and turned on, but a deep dive reveals its not being used due to BIOS settings on unsupported on the OS (i.e. Red Hat 5).

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