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Klondin

Mini-ITX Router/Firewall

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Posted · Original PosterOP

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.

 

Components:

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

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP
3 minutes ago, beavo451 said:

If you don't feel like making a case, look at the Antec ISK 110.

Oh man, that is almost perfect. It doesn't look like it has room for my network card though

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3 minutes ago, Klondin said:

Oh man, that is almost perfect. It doesn't look like it has room for my network card though

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

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Posted · Original PosterOP
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

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