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Building a pfSense Firewall for small office


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#1 sjpritch25

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Posted 11 March 2015 - 01:40 PM

I have a 64gb ssd that i have laying around.  I know its a little overkill, but i figured it would make use of it.  Here are the other parts I was thinking of purchasing.  Let me know everyone's thoughts.   Thanks

 

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Posted 11 March 2015 - 02:15 PM

What are you thinking for the network cards? (I think you need two if my memory serves me)


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Posted 11 March 2015 - 03:53 PM

I think you need a CD-ROM drive to install it on the SSD.


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Posted 12 March 2015 - 11:28 AM

I haven't decided.  I might do a 4 port because its better to have more than not enough.   I haven't checked but can pfSense not be installed from usb drive?


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Posted 12 March 2015 - 02:40 PM

Yes, looks like they call it Memstick.

https://doc.pfsense.org/index.php/Installing_pfSense


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Posted 17 March 2015 - 06:51 AM

How many simultaneous connections, how fast is the upstream?  Some of the Jetways come with 4 ethernet devices onboard in ITX formfactor (there are probably ASRock boards with similar features).  They have a pretty good section on hardware requirements over at the pfsense website, particularly on the choice of NICs (lean strongly away from Realtek, which most onboard devices seem to be). 2 ports, 4 ports.  If it's mostly for other users instead of setting up DMZs and such,  2 with another device for the users (with hardwire and wireless interfaces) is a choice.  Makes it easier to monitor: one door in, one door out.


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