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So i'm just about to overhaul my whole network new switches/ router/ AP/ cabling the lot and I'm also building a server. In the future I want to set up a VPN because I'll be going away to Uni but will still need secure access to the sever.

I was on the Netgear site looking at switches and I saw this VPN Firewall, I've found it pretty cheap on the net but I'm just wondering is there any point in incorporating it into my network?

My current router is a BTHomeHub-3 but I'm looking to upgrade to the Netgears new 802.11AC router but I'm not 100% on the upgrade.

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I have to say, invest in something more powerful if you want some encryption working. The specs say it's a 250 mhz proc, 32 MB ram, 8 MB nvram. My asus RT-N16 router has a 450mhz proc, and 128 MB ram, 32 MB nvram. You could easily get an older cisco Pix off ebay for cheapish that would put that puny thing to shame.
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Put pFSense on a older Computer like a Pentium 4. Put your main Router being the pFSense Router.
Thats if you want really good security for cheap.

If you don't need that much power any $100+ Netgear Router should do good.
Basically the WNR3500L and up.
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Mf Pfsense box has been up for 6 months,it is probably time I looked at enabling some additional features.Couple of good "cookbook" type books on Amazon dealing with getting the most out of your Pfsense box.I does allow an AP,so no trouble in that area.
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Originally Posted by linkinparkfan007 View Post

Put pFSense on a older Computer like a Pentium 4. Put your main Router being the pFSense Router.
Thats if you want really good security for cheap.
If you don't need that much power any $100+ Netgear Router should do good.
Basically the WNR3500L and up.

is pfSense pretty secure then? Also is it pretty functional and not to complex when it comes to VPNs?
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is pfSense pretty secure then? Also is it pretty functional and not to complex when it comes to VPNs?

pfSense does have support for OpenVPN, and also on the Firewall side having a nice DDOS Attack. Despite having 100% CPU with 60K Packets Per Second nothing was penetrated.

That was on a 80 megabit LAN connection in my network (in my student apartment).
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pfSense does have support for OpenVPN, and also on the Firewall side having a nice DDOS Attack. Despite having 100% CPU with 60K Packets Per Second nothing was penetrated.
That was on a 80 megabit LAN connection in my network (in my student apartment).

That's really impressive thanks for the feedback man! I've had more of a look in their website and it looks pretty sweet, the VPN support looks ideal for what I'll need.

Is the UI quite easy to get around and what was it like to set up? I'd test it out myself but I've only got one computer just now.
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