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Pointers on building a small form pfsense box with multi LAN slots

post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 
Hi!

I've been playing around with pfsense on an old hand-me-down factory built HP desktop.
I have it on 24/7 and weird noises are starting to come from the machine.
This led me to research on trying to build a smaller pfsense box that is quieter and more energy efficient.
Since from what i understand pfsense doesn't require much juice and processing power.
I have the pfsense box behind the Cable modem.
And the pfsense box serves a wireless router, a web server, and a storage server.
So essentially i would like to build a pfsense box with 3+ LAN adapters,
which most of the existing builds do not have.
Most of the expansion cards i've seen are too large to fit in smaller boxes and i feel like it would defeat the purpose of building from scratch if
i went for a larger case.
Anybody has had a similar experience and can give this newbie a few pointers on where to find economical parts to get this box going?
post #2 of 4
You could always buy a prebuilt and support the setup
https://www.pfsense.org/hardware/

Or you could get a little D2500/D2550 atom ITX setup and a PCI-e adapter so you can have the nic card run parallel to the mobo to keep the form factor small.

I have a 1u server for my pfsense box but it's well, still big for what it is, lol.
 
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Hard DrivePowerCaseOther
Intel X25-M G2 80GB Redundant 840W PSU Dell 710 2.5" - Google Search Appliance Dell Perc H700 Raid Controller 
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Dell iDRAC6 Enterprise Mellanox Connectx-2 10Gb SFP+ NIC 
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Intel Xeon E5-2670 v1 Intel Xeon E5-2670 v1 SuperMicro X9DRL-iF 64GB Kingston ECC (kvr16r11d4/16HA) 
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2x Noctua U9DXi4 FreeNAS Corsair AX750 Norco RPC-4224 
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post #3 of 4
Thread Starter 
Yeah. I think i may need to change my expectations on what i can actually build.
Are there NIC cards that lie horizontal rather than vertical against the motherboard?
They actually exists, it will let me be a lot more flexible with what i can do.
If not, i'll probably save up for those prebuilts. Thou i wasn't expecting to spend more than $300.
post #4 of 4
Yeah, there are PCIe adapters so they can lay flat, that's how I got mine in my 1u case.

This is not the one I have but this is an example.

http://www.amazon.com/PCI-E-Degree-Right-Angle-Riser/dp/B005FEGXXY
 
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Hard DrivePowerCaseOther
Intel X25-M G2 80GB Redundant 840W PSU Dell 710 2.5" - Google Search Appliance Dell Perc H700 Raid Controller 
OtherOther
Dell iDRAC6 Enterprise Mellanox Connectx-2 10Gb SFP+ NIC 
CPUCPUMotherboardRAM
Intel Xeon E5-2670 v1 Intel Xeon E5-2670 v1 SuperMicro X9DRL-iF 64GB Kingston ECC (kvr16r11d4/16HA) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
12x 4TB HGST 5K4000 SanDisk SSD 960GB (cache) 6x 8TB WD Red Scythe AP-29 
CoolingOSPowerCase
2x Noctua U9DXi4 FreeNAS Corsair AX750 Norco RPC-4224 
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Hard DrivePowerCaseOther
Intel X25-M G2 80GB Redundant 840W PSU Dell 710 2.5" - Google Search Appliance Dell Perc H700 Raid Controller 
OtherOther
Dell iDRAC6 Enterprise Mellanox Connectx-2 10Gb SFP+ NIC 
CPUCPUMotherboardRAM
Intel Xeon E5-2670 v1 Intel Xeon E5-2670 v1 SuperMicro X9DRL-iF 64GB Kingston ECC (kvr16r11d4/16HA) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
12x 4TB HGST 5K4000 SanDisk SSD 960GB (cache) 6x 8TB WD Red Scythe AP-29 
CoolingOSPowerCase
2x Noctua U9DXi4 FreeNAS Corsair AX750 Norco RPC-4224 
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