Good choice! I am currently using that system with pfsense. I have yet to run into any issues. I have only pegged that box to about 25% CPU usage and I have both Snort and a clamAV proxy running.
Would I be retarded to replace a WRT54G with a setup like these?
I'd replace the PSU in the emachine if it still has the stock PSU. its made by BestTec (HP used them for a while, chances ur compaq had one). When they die they usually kill the board and it many cases the RAM and CPU as well.
Doesn't have to be high wattage, just a decent brand.
other than that I like ur setup.
Also DD-WRT allows you to set the WAN port as LAN port as well, if you ever wanna try it out.
I ask because I am heavily taxing my current setup and it leads to a lot of slowness, lockups, and other issues.
Cable Modem -> WRT54G v8 DDWRT
WRT54G v8 -> 6 wireless devices, 2 wired devices, WRT54G v5 DDWRT as Wireless Bridge
WRT54G v5 Wireless Bridge DDWRT -> WRT54GX as WAP, Netgear GS105 GBit Switch
WRT54GX WAP -> 4 wireless devices
Netgear GS105 Switch -> 3 wired devices
1 Router, 1 Wireless Bridge, 1 WAP, 1 Gbit switch, 10 wireless devices, 5 wired devices
Pretty confusing and drags the main WRT54G v8 to its knees. It needs to be rebooted at least once a day, the load averages are always pretty high, and the web interface is near unresponsive. Everything other than the main router is great (hell, the bridges uptime is 103 days at this point), so there lies my weakpoint.
edit: screw it, ordered an ALIX setup.
What ALIX Model and what case did you order for it???? I had kinda forgotten about these and might switch from the emachines to this!!
They all work, just pick the one that's appropriate for your needs (port count etc.) and the matching case. Don't forget all the 'accessories' you need to buy too (AC adapter, CF card, wireless card + antenna if you want that).
I haven't used them, but NetGate sells kits if you don't want the hassle: http://www.netgate.com/index.php?cPath=60_84&osCsid=81f3a90aa8428ee3e0eb0f3b9b41ad56
Since I upgraded my Cable Internet Service to 25/3, I noticed the system staying above 1.0 CPU load (during high volume transfers) on the older Celeron 420 cpu and download speeds were not hitting their peak during all times.
Wow, I knew that Untangle was heavy, but that's nuts.
I am not expert on Linux cpu load numbers, but it went from 1.00 down to 0.007-0.100 with the new processor at full load. Maybe someone with more knowledge in this area can help with the explination on that aspect.
I've also joined the "smaller/lesser/better" club.....got tired of running loud honking servers that jacked my electric bill just for a *nix firewall.
Snagged a SuperMicro MBD-X7SPE-HF-O Atom D510 dual core 1.66, onboard dual Intel gigabit NICs, onboard IPMI remote management module, 2 gigs of RAM, Seagate Pipeline low power consumption ultra quiet hard drive, SuperMicro small 1U rack mount chassis with front I/O ports.
Ran Untangle great, currently running Astaro, will probably have PFSense on it soon for a while.
I'll post pics soon, her her mounted in a 12U MidAtlantic cabinet.
looks nice, but did you get a good deal on it? newegg's got it for $220, that seems too high for a firewall box for home though. I would like to get mine running on something with pcie so I can run one of my quadport intels, but the p4 dell is serving well enough for now.
[firstname.lastname@example.org]/root(1): uptime 12:31AM up 112 days, 11:11, 2 users, load averages: 0.89, 0.39, 0.15
Atom D510 with 2GB stick of ram
Two Intel Gbit NICS