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Date:      Thu, 13 Nov 2014 10:11:45 +0100
From:      Julien Cigar <jcigar@ulb.ac.be>
To:        "freebsd-questions@freebsd.org" <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
Subject:   Re: Small/Low Power Server Recommendation?
Message-ID:  <20141113091145.GQ8131@mordor.lan>
In-Reply-To: <5463A37C.7080103@bluerosetech.com>
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On Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 10:14:20AM -0800, Darren Pilgrim wrote:
> On 11/12/2014 1:21 AM, Julien Cigar wrote:
> > On Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 09:57:02AM -0800, Chris Maness wrote:
> >> I am looking to replace a huge noisy old server that I have used for y=
ears
> >> for my home business.  Looking for something inexpensive and relatively
> >> small to replace it with.  Any recommendations guys/gals?  I was even
> >> thinking of buying a used laptop to run FreeBSD on and set it and forg=
et
> >> it.  Not sure what options are out there as I have not put together a
> >> server in many years.
> >
> > we're using a Soekris 6501 here at work as a router/dns cache/proxy/...
> > and it works like a charm .. The only problem is that it doesn't boot
> > with the default GENERIC kernel (on amd64), due to the lack of an ACPI
> > BIOS
>=20
> I was looking at those a while back.  Do you have the -30, -50, or -70?=
=20
>   My concern was if it was capable of gigabit line rates with a=20
> real-world packet filter ruleset.  What packet and data rates can it do?=
=20
>   What kind of filtering are you doing?

I have a 6501-50 running 10-RELEASE, unbound, pf (with the following
ruleset: https://dpaste.de/kw7A/raw), etc
We don't have that much traffic, but it works very well for ours (and
now that pf is SMP friendly I would say that it should scale.. :))

(BTW I'm writing a little article on the installation)

>=20
> I'm excited to see they have a Rangeley product in the pipe.
>=20

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