Greg Helledy on 21 Mar 2017 14:30:18 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Low Power Consumption Firewall/Router

I use one of the Linksys WRT54G models flashed with Tomato, but obviously that's not going to have all the capabilities a full PC does.

People mentioned the Raspberry Pi, which is more versatile than a router but is still going to require some learning on your part and still not be as flexible as an x86 PC.

Today they make x86 PCs that are the size of a router and presumably consume a lot fewer electrons than your current setup. I went on Amazon and found a "Gigabyte GB-BXBT-2807 Barebones Mini PC w/ Intel Celeron N2807" for $100. That price doesn't include your RAM or storage, but that way you get exactly what you want.

In fact, Gigabyte lists 9 varieties of these:
plus kits to make something more custom.

Here you've got something that's small, silent, presumably less energy-thirsty, and you can still slap Debian in the form you know on it and not have to devote a ton of time to learning a new system. I'm not sure whether it's possible to get 3 NICs, but they do have ones with up to 5 USB ports.

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