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Just curious, wouldn't there be a difference in speed if you were using the SDD as a squid cache?

Not really. Squid should really be using RAM for cache. If it has to go to HDD / SSD to fetch content, it would be faster to just get it from the source
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Not really. Squid should really be using RAM for cache. If it has to go to HDD / SSD to fetch content, it would be faster to just get it from the source

Ah. Didn't realize that was how it operated. I guess I'll have to rethink my future pfsense build then lol.
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Meh 20-40 $ for ssd is plenty big really no reason not to use ssds
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Meh 20-40 $ for ssd is plenty big really no reason not to use ssds

This. If you can get yourself a cheap one, it does cut the boot time remarkably,
     
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This. If you can get yourself a cheap one, it does cut the boot time remarkably,

Perhaps... depending on your hardware. My Dell R200s and R210s that I run pfSense on take about 3 minutes to POST and only about 15 seconds to load pfSense, and they're on mechanical hard drives smile.gif
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This. If you can get yourself a cheap one, it does cut the boot time remarkably,

Perhaps... depending on your hardware. My Dell R200s and R210s that I run pfSense on take about 3 minutes to POST and only about 15 seconds to load pfSense, and they're on mechanical hard drives smile.gif

That is very true. My apologies for the generalization. smile.gif
     
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That is very true. My apologies for the generalization. smile.gif

No worries. smile.gif Dell R2xx series servers are great for heavy-duty pfSense builds in case anyone was wondering. I have probably a dozen of them in operation across various sites. Totally overkill for what I need to filter, but hey, too much is never enough! biggrin.gif
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So, I hope this is an ok place to ask for some general advice when it comes to hardware, but for those that build their own systems for pfsense, what do you look for in terms of a motherboard? Are there any particular features that pfsense can benefit from?

I know that a lot of things (CPU, NIC, RAM) depend on what you're doing with your network and what packages (plugins?) you plan to use.

At the moment, I'm looking at a skylake CPU, and 8-16 gigs of ram depending on research that I still have to do more of. I'm also likely getting another quad port NIC, as I have two 8 port switches I'd like to use LACP with.
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So, I hope this is an ok place to ask for some general advice when it comes to hardware, but for those that build their own systems for pfsense, what do you look for in terms of a motherboard? Are there any particular features that pfsense can benefit from?

I know that a lot of things (CPU, NIC, RAM) depend on what you're doing with your network and what packages (plugins?) you plan to use.

At the moment, I'm looking at a skylake CPU, and 8-16 gigs of ram depending on research that I still have to do more of. I'm also likely getting another quad port NIC, as I have two 8 port switches I'd like to use LACP with.

Hey Madd,

I'm sure coachmark will chime in with his super expertise about hardware suggestions. He definitely helped me decide with motherboard combo to use for mine. But here are a couple things I learned about PFSense and picking hardware.

1. Having more than one NIC is invaluable(2 is required), if your motherboard has 2 that's cool but don't break the bank for it. Buying an intel quad NIC is only about $40-50 USD off ebay and will serve any purpose wonderfully. You'll want a quad NIC if you're looking to create VLANs from the router itself or want to dedicate one connection to just management.

2. In regards to the CPU, if you can get an architecture that has encryption support it will help if you plan on encrypting your traffic with AES or similar. More info can be found on Mark Furneaux's youtube channel. Link to 1st video below.
PFSense 2.3 Part 1

3. If you plan on any heavy traffic monitoring you'll need 3+GB of RAM, but for just basic routing/firewall 1GB is plenty.(caveat: this is for basic home useage. Extreme networking(lots of users/clients) will need much more).



That's all I can think of off the top of my head. I will add more if I think of something later on.
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Hey Madd,

I'm sure coachmark will chime in with his super expertise about hardware suggestions. He definitely helped me decide with motherboard combo to use for mine. But here are a couple things I learned about PFSense and picking hardware.

1. Having more than one NIC is invaluable(2 is required), if your motherboard has 2 that's cool but don't break the bank for it. Buying an intel quad NIC is only about $40-50 USD off ebay and will serve any purpose wonderfully. You'll want a quad NIC if you're looking to create VLANs from the router itself or want to dedicate one connection to just management.

Yeah, so far the one quad port NIC I have (HP NC364T) has been pretty nice, but I'll either need 1 or 2 more for this machine. I need to figure out how the network will be configured before I can decide though. I probably won't go with the same one though, I'm sure some newer NICs are available.

On that note, is TCP offloading worth it? From some of what I've read, it can help, and it can hurt.
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2. In regards to the CPU, if you can get an architecture that has encryption support it will help if you plan on encrypting your traffic with AES or similar. More info can be found on Mark Furneaux's youtube channel. Link to 1st video below.
PFSense 2.3 Part 1

I've thought about running a VPN, but I'm not sure. Would be gaming with a few people, probably like 8 max I think? Might also use it to remote into my network. Does traffic monitoring, QoS, or squid caching require any large amount of CPU power? I know that I have to take my internet connection into consideration (100/35) and my internal network is all gigabit. I'll watch that video, thank you.
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3. If you plan on any heavy traffic monitoring you'll need 3+GB of RAM, but for just basic routing/firewall 1GB is plenty.(caveat: this is for basic home useage. Extreme networking(lots of users/clients) will need much more).

I'll play around with some traffic monitoring, but I know I'll setup a squid cache. I'll probably get at least 8 gigs. Not totally sure about the number of clients I'll have that will be active together, but to venture a guess, 4-5? More when people come over definitely. I'll look into that more.
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