I am considering ditching my asus-merlin and doing a pfsense router build on a machine I have lying around. You guys seem to love it. I used to run monowall a million years ago.
I have a couple of concerns:
I am waiting on Ting to light my neighborhood with symetric gigabit to my door and I want to ensure the machine can make use of that. The machine I plan to use is a Acer Veriton x4618g because the price was right (ie FREE) and it has a Intel Core i5 (2nd Gen) 2320 / 3 GHz Quad Core. I am all but certain it can but I am here anyway asking about #2 so I thought I would verify
in all your build recommendations I keep seeing the recommendation of using an Intel quad port gigabit nic for pfsense. I happen to have 2x Dell/Broadcom NetXtreme® BCM5719 Quad-Port 1GBASE-T PCIe 2.1 cards on a shelf. I would need to buy a low profile bracket to use one in there which I found on ebay for $9. Or should I just play it safe and pay a bit extra and get the Intel 4 port card instead?