Steve Litt on 3 Jun 2018 17:10:37 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Cheap Firewall

On Tue, 29 May 2018 19:01:56 -0400
Tone Montone <> wrote:

> Lee,
>    You have hit on a project I've been looking at for the past
> month.  I never used FreeBDS before and was looking at picking up a
> cheap PC from craigslist, with a CPU that was AES-NI friendly, and
> then install pfsense on it.  I also thought about adding snort and
> Splunk as well to gain some insight into those tools as well.

If you're looking for cheap today, dumpster dive an eight year old COTS
computer and two or three cheap Gigabit NICS, and run pfSense. That's
what I do right now.

But a full sized desktop burns a lot of electricity, and if your're in
a warm climate, it double-whammys you because you need to use even more
electricity to air condition away the heat from the processor.

I've been thinking of spending $400 for a very low power (perhaps
fanless) computer capable of running 3 NICs, and putting pfSense on it.
$400 today, but I probably earn back a buck a day.

Steve Litt 
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