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I live in an apartment with a bunch of friends and when one person moves out at the end of the lease I will be taking up the isp. So I will need a router, What I was thinking of doing is taking the oportunity to upgrade my PC and use the older components to build a router and I was hoping I could also put a plex server on it for streaming media.

 

The components in my current build are an i5 4690k with an asus itx motherboard.

 

As for software I don't know how that would work, I know that hardware is enough, and perhaps overkill, to run pfsense and I could attach an AP to it for wifi. What I don't is how I could integrate plex into that. I know pfsense is based off of freeBSD, so does anyone know if I am able to just install the freeBSD version of the plex server on a pfsense router?

 

Any other suggestions on how I could achieve this kind of a setup are welcomed.

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What do you want the router to do? Id keep the router seprate different from the server, it just works better that way. Just get a basic wired router here instead like a unify edgerouter lite, or get a second x86 box.

 

You can use vms for a router, but Id stay away from that here.

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36 minutes ago, iPhantomMonkey said:

I live in an apartment with a bunch of friends and when one person moves out at the end of the lease I will be taking up the isp. So I will need a router, What I was thinking of doing is taking the oportunity to upgrade my PC and use the older components to build a router and I was hoping I could also put a plex server on it for streaming media.

 

The components in my current build are an i5 4690k with an asus itx motherboard.

 

As for software I don't know how that would work, I know that hardware is enough, and perhaps overkill, to run pfsense and I could attach an AP to it for wifi. What I don't is how I could integrate plex into that. I know pfsense is based off of freeBSD, so does anyone know if I am able to just install the freeBSD version of the plex server on a pfsense router?

 

Any other suggestions on how I could achieve this kind of a setup are welcomed.

I would just run some other flavor of unraid or just unraid and install them separate from the os. you need 3 video cards//igpu a 2 port 1 gigabit nic. I would recommend just installing them separately. Its really hard to make pfsense work on vms. The farthest I got was the commandline without the ability to detect interfaces. 

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3 minutes ago, H20Burner said:

I would just run some other flavor of unraid or just unraid and install them separate from the os. you need 3 video cards//igpu a 2 port 1 gigabit nic. I would recommend just installing them separately. Its really hard to make pfsense work on vms. The farthest I got was the commandline without the ability to detect interfaces. 

why would you need multiple gpus for this? Nothing needs gpu power here, and you can use a virtual gpu. Id probably just use proxmox or esxi or xcp-ng with more options and is free.

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Just now, Electronics Wizardy said:

why would you need multiple gpus for this? Nothing needs gpu power here, and you can use a virtual gpu. Id probably just use proxmox or esxi or xcp-ng with more options and is free.

Each vm needs a gpu. From my experiance with unraid. 1 for unraid. 1 for pfsense. one for the plex server. I never heard of a v gpu.

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Just now, H20Burner said:

Each vm needs a gpu. From my experiance with unraid. 1 for unraid. 1 for pfsense. one for the plex server. I never heard of a v gpu.

A gpu doesn't need a gpu. You can use a virtual gpu for this. I have systems with one gpu running dozens of vms.

 

Id stay away from unraid here due to the bad options as a hypervisor, its much better as a home server, you want something with good network options here.

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40 minutes ago, H20Burner said:

Each vm needs a gpu. From my experiance with unraid. 1 for unraid. 1 for pfsense. one for the plex server. I never heard of a v gpu.

A gpu is not a requirement for virtualization. A hypervisor for plex and pfsense is an interesting idea, I'd suggest the OP google around because I am sure someone has done that before. My experience with esxi has left a bad taste in my mouth but I know a lot of people rave about proxmox so maybe look into that.

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IMO, you should always have your router as actual hardware as you might want to play around with your server/vm and shit without messing up your whole network.

 

I don't recommend you run firewall/router in a VM.

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Not a big fan of combining quite distinct functions in one box, especially when one or more is time sensitve.

 

45 minutes ago, H20Burner said:

Each vm needs a gpu. From my experiance with unraid. 1 for unraid. 1 for pfsense. one for the plex server. I never heard of a v gpu.

 

Unless one is running graphics intensive apps like games, the virtual gpu otherwise assigned the vm is quite adequate.

 

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