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Posts posted by Klondin

  1. On some routers you can plug in a usb device and have that accessible on the network. However, since you are backing up multiple PCs and storing a bunch of media files, I think a NAS would be a better option since it can offer redundancy and increased capacity. A NAS and home server are pretty much the same thing, just designed for different use cases. A NAS doesn't need very powerful hardware since it is just transfering files. A home server might need some more powerful hardware since it will usually be used to run game servers and web services, among other things.

  2. 2 minutes ago, beavo451 said:

    Sorry, I missed the card. Maybe use a USB 3.0 Ethernet adapter if your OS supports it?

    I might look into something like that. I'll have to do some research to see if an adapter exists that is supported by FreeBSD

  3. I decided to build a router, more on a whim than because of necessity. I'm pretty happy with how it's performed so far. Even when downloading 20 or so torrents I can't get the cpu usage to go much above 10%. The motherboard was more expensive than other options but I think the price is offset somewhat by the included power supply/brick.


    I did not purchase a case because all of the ones I looked at had a place for a power supply; and because this motherboard uses an external power brick, I decided it would be dumb to have a big empty spot in the case where a power supply would go. I think I am going to try and design a custom enclosure for it.



    ASRock N3150DC-ITX (Mini-ITX motherboard with built-in Intel Celeron N3150 quad core processor)

    4GB memory

    Intel EXPI9301CTBLK gigabit network card

    16GB flash drive with Pfsense installed