Originally Posted by NameUnknown
Didn't even think of craigslist, good idea
As for making it out of steel, I guess I could. Heck my parents neighbor is a welder by trade too. But truth be told, I just didnt want to mess with metal, just a lot more work. 4 2x4 or 4x4 posts would be just as stable but if I can get a real rack I'd do that too.
Oh hmm, I think I did that because the board I was using had Realtek NICs and not Intel NICs which according to pfSense's site the Intel work markedly better. due to this I went with 2U for low profile NICs. But after reading a post on the FreeNAS forums today where a person did a 25 point comparison test of Realtek and Intel for transfer rates, I think im going to switch the boards, case, and NICs. So I'll probably end up with 1U for them.
But the hardware that was going to go into them was pretty beefy, for pfSense at least. Was planning on a 32GB SSD for the OS drive, 2GB RAM, a Pentium G2020, and a gigabyte board. Because of the potential setup of all of this, I wanted my front end pfSense to be able to hold up pretty well and have a lot of headroom for intrusion detection and prevention.
Most server motherboards don't use Realtek NICs though.
Why a SSD for pfSense? Note that continous logging will wear out a SSD faster than you may expect and a SSD provides no performance gains (packet processing is in memory). You can get 20GB SATA HDDs from eBay for $15 each... just get two and you are good.
You can get a 1U PowerEdge C1100 for $310 shipped: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dell-Poweredge-C1100-1U-2X-XEON-QC-L5520-2-26GHZ-NO-HDD-24GB-DDR3-Tested-/261199263261?pt=COMP_EN_Servers&hash=item3cd0b0761d
2x L5520 (Nehalem-EP 4C@2.26GHz)
24GB ECC RAM
2x Intel 82576 NICs
BTW, the hardware above will support a few hundred clients....
If you are building router just for home usage, just get a Atom prebuild with dual NICs for $120: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856205007Edited by DuckieHo - 5/21/13 at 7:21am