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So, this thread is not to help me build one, but to help me out if I do build one. I've got a small series of questions first:

  1. Would I be able to get multiple wireless cards (say 3x dual band) to allow for independent connections?
  2. Would I be able to have one IP/Network name for all the wireless devices to connect to, so that I don't have 6 separate networks to choose from?
  3. Would I be able to use a 4x ethernet port card to connect ethernet to the rig for 1Gb/s connection?
  4. Would I also be able to set up an automatic backup of specific files/folders? (Example: Documents, Pictures, and a specific folder on c:/)
Next up is a question that may turn me off from this completely...
Would I have to use a specific line of network cards?
Would I be able to use Ubuntu/Linux for this? (I would be needing help, haven't used that at all.)
Finally, how hard would this get running?
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pfSense is a free router OS based off of FreeBSD. It rivals features those normally found in enterprise level Cisco routers/switches. It does has a slight (or steep) learning curve, as I learned the hard way.

It does allow for multiple NICs, and for WLAN straight out of the box. With that said, there are a limited number of manufacturers that it plays nice with.

  1. Could you expand?
  2. If you install pfSense (either as native or in a VM), you should have only 1 wired network (unless VLANs are set up). Wireless is a different story as I haven't dabbled there. I use an external AP.
  3. Yes.
  4. You'll need to use either a 3rd party app or it's possible that pfSense has an add-on that does as such.


To answer you final question; should you choose to go with pfSense, they have a full blown wiki that would answer all your hardware requirement questions.
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I use Qnap for my NAS here's a link http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822107146
I actually have the prior model but very happy with it. It comes with the best Back-up software I have ever seen/used! Very easy to use and set up. I have three machines that automatically back up to my NAS every night.

I also use Asus RT-AC66U wireless router http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320115 It has the best reviews and has four ports built in. Works great for wired or wireless networking. I also have a 24 port switch too thumb.gif
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Awesome, thanks for the reply legoman786.
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pfSense is a free router OS based off of FreeBSD. It rivals features those normally found in enterprise level Cisco routers/switches. It does has a slight (or steep) learning curve, as I learned the hard way.
I pick up on new things fast. I'll probably check out threads discussing this as wells as some tutorial videos to see what I would be dealing with.
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It does allow for multiple NICs, and for WLAN straight out of the box. With that said, there are a limited number of manufacturers that it plays nice with.
I would check compatibility lists before purchasing anything.
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Could you expand?
As in, explaining better what I'm talking about? If so, I mean if I have 3 dual band wireless cards, can each one host a dedicated line per device. Example:

  • Band 1: My desktop
  • Band 2: First friend's laptop
  • Band 3: First friends phone's Wi-Fi
  • Band 4: My laptop
  • Etc.
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If you install pfSense (either as native or in a VM), you should have only 1 wired network (unless VLANs are set up). Wireless is a different story as I haven't dabbled there. I use an external AP.
I would have an ethernet cord running either to the integrated port on the board or to a card. Having ethernet LAN would require several 25ft+ lines... Which is why I'm interested in having multiple wireless cards. The rig would be running one single network, but providing internet to several devices.

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Would I be able to use a 4x ethernet port card to connect ethernet to the rig for 1Gb/s connection?
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Yes.
I should have been specific. The connection would be between the rig and another computer to allow for a faster backup. This would be a backup NAS station.
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You'll need to use either a 3rd party app or it's possible that pfSense has an add-on that does as such.
That was actually an optional thing. If anything, I'll just tell them to keep a folder that is easy to access that I would backup for them regularly.
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To answer you final question; should you choose to go with pfSense, they have a full blown wiki that would answer all your hardware requirement questions.
Awesome. I can usually follow wikis pretty easily.
Thank you for all the assistance.

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I use Qnap for my NAS here's a link http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822107146
I actually have the prior model but very happy with it. It comes with the best Back-up software I have ever seen/used! Very easy to use and set up. I have three machines that automatically back up to my NAS every night.

I also use Asus RT-AC66U wireless router http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320115 It has the best reviews and has four ports built in. Works great for wired or wireless networking. I also have a 24 port switch too thumb.gif
I'm looking to build my own backup rig. I also am not looking to spend $200 on a router. I believe the easiest way for me to do this is with a NAS+Wireless hub. If I decide to go this route, I will explain why this is needed.
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