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Pfsense Router Specification

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Here is the specification list:

 

  • CPU: Intel PDC E5700
  • RAM: 4 GB DDR3
  • Network Cards:
  1. Onboard
  2. Realtek 100Mbit (which I know works with pfSense)
  3. Intel 8492MT Pro dual network adapter*
  • Storage: 32 GB USB stick

 

Now, my question is will the * marked "Intel 8492MT Pro dual network adapter" work with pfsense and will my PDC E5700 able to handle gigabit speed file transfer?

 

And should I consider buying a Xeon X5355 from ebay for 5$?


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What's your internet speed?

 

Everything looks like it will be compatible. The X5355 looks pretty decent for a simple pfsense router and you've got a good amount of RAM.

 

The thing about gigabit file transfer, is it depends on the size of the packets you're transferring, and the amount of packets per second going through the router at the time.

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Just now, Mornincupofhate said:

What's your internet speed?

 

Everything looks like it will be compatible. The X5355 looks pretty decent for a simple pfsense router and you've got a good amount of RAM.

 

The thing about gigabit file, is it depends on the size of the packets you're transferring, and the amount of packets per second going through the router at the time.

My internet speed is 12 Mbps up/down.

But I have got a NAS in my home. I transfer video files to and from the NAS.

BTW what do you think should I take the X5355 for 5-10$?


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CPU: Intel Core i7 6800K @3.9GHz

GPU: ASUS Strix GeForce GTX 1080-A-8G

RAM: 2 * GSkill Trident Z 8GB 3200 MHz

Motherboard: MSI X99A Godlike Gaming Carbon Edition

Storage: Samsung 950 Pro 256 GB + Transcend 128 GB 2.5" SATA SSD + Seagate Barracuda 2 TB 7200RPM

PSU: Cooler Master V750 80+ Gold

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Mouse: GSkill MX780

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1 minute ago, sakibsadmanshajib said:

My internet speed is 12 Mbps up/down.

But I have got a NAS in my home. I transfer video files to and from the NAS.

BTW what do you think should I take the X5355 for 5-10$?

I don't see why not. I can't say anything about how it will respond to gigabit file transfer, so someone else will have to comment on that.

 

Honestly you look like you're running a budget setup, but if you have the money, and want performance, you should probably get a better CPU. The X5355 is from 2009.

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The E5700 should be fine.

I would just go ahead and try it. If you really need more performance (which I really doubt).

I am currently running a Q6600 in my pfSense box (with a lot of Add-Ons) and it maxes out at about 50% usage.

If you aren't running much intensive stuff, it should be more that fine.

 

If you want to run the box 24/7 I would think about getting a newer platform off of ebay or something, because it will use a lot less power.

 

And it also sounds like you are going to use the pfSense box as a switch? If so, I would recommend using a dedicated gigabit switch (I have never tried using pfSense as a switch however).


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Having a look here, it looks like your specs are fine..

http://www.firewallhardware.it/en/pfsense_selection_and_sizing.html

 

You probably will do fine with switching so long as its not an office full of people, then it may bottleneck I think if alot of people are uploading at gigabit speeds. However as someone mentioned above, consider spending the extra cash on a gigabit switch rather. Best to keep switching and firewalling separate if you can help it in my opinion.

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