[TriLUG] Consumer-grade dual-home Internet connection options
jbroome at gmail.com
Wed Dec 30 13:26:49 EST 2009
Paul Bennett wrote:
> Is it going to be a more-effective solution to drop a few bucks on the
> 2960 and go through the hassle of learning how to set it up (and then
> setting it up), or would I be better off putting a secured Linux distro
> (e.g. gentoo-hardened, or something) on the semi-spare PC and running
> the load-balancing via iproute2 and friends?
> Either way, I'm looking at a learning curve, and a good amount of time
> fannying around getting the damn thing working -- there's a good chance
> I'd spend almost as much cash on the PC-based solution getting
> good-quality network cards, and maybe fast HDD tech (though it seems
> like RAM and cores would be more important than disk IO).
I'd skip the cisco, and skip using the quad core as a firewall.
I'm agreeing with Ronald that pfsense is the way to go, but please don't
waste that desktop on something as piddly as a firewall.
Grab an old dell off craigslist or ask here and use that. Disk IO
doesn't matter a flip, cores don't matter, and ram marginally matters.
My old obsd firewall was run on a p200 with 32 mb ram and a 4gb drive
(only because that was the smallest I had around).
Hell, you can run pfsense off a compact flash card or off a live CD with
the configs going onto a USB key.
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