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Date:      Fri, 14 Nov 2014 08:55:28 -0600
From:      "Jay West" <>
To:        "'Daniel Staal'" <>, <>
Subject:   RE: Small/Low Power Server Recommendation?
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I have used a lot of different Netgate boxes (all freebsd/pfsense) and can
speak very highly of the hardware as well as the netgate customer

That being said, from time to time we've searched for a 1U rackmount
formfactor box with dual (minimum, prefer three) gig Ethernet ports and have
yet to find anything that is both fine with freebsd AND at a pricepoint that
we can base a commodity appliance off of. The key difficulty seems to be the
1U rackmount formfactor. An added plus would be if it could have the
rackmount ears taken off and wall mounted optionally.

Jay West

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Daniel Staal
Sent: Friday, November 14, 2014 8:26 AM
Subject: Re: Small/Low Power Server Recommendation?

--As of November 10, 2014 9:57:02 AM -0800, Chris Maness is alleged to have

> I am looking to replace a huge noisy old server that I have used for 
> years 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 forget it.  Not sure what options are out there as I have not 
> put together a server in many years.

--As for the rest, it is mine.

The Netgate[^1] boxes are worth looking at.  Various cost/capability points,
depending on your use.  The FW-7551 is especially interesting (I have it's
predecessor, running OpenBSD, as my firewall - a more 'normal' 
use for it).  SATA, a small footprint, and fairly low power, with a CPU
capable of running a normal FreeBSD install.  (Though you'll probably want a
console of some sort.)

Daniel T. Staal

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