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I'm about to move into a new house and get a fiber internet connection for me and my 3 roomies with 100 Mb up and down and we want a more professional router setup. I was wondering what you guys thought of installing a linux router distro off of one of those 1u ebay servers you can get for about 50 bucks. Anyone had any experience with these or better ideas?

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if you watch episode 718 Darren talks about building your own router. I don't think your going to want to get a 1u server, while it will work, the size is a little big at least in width and depth. what you could do is if you have an old computer you could use that, or you could build your own. I would suggest for the sake of minimizing as many bottle necks in the system as possible using gigabit cards. watch the episode and you will get a better idea. But my only suggestion really is gigabit cards and some form of a computer based router. If the 1u servers have gigabit and thats what seems cheapest go with it, but if they don't I would say look around. But watch the episode and then look around. haha

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if you watch episode 718 Darren talks about building your own router. I don't think your going to want to get a 1u server, while it will work, the size is a little big at least in width and depth. what you could do is if you have an old computer you could use that, or you could build your own. I would suggest for the sake of minimizing as many bottle necks in the system as possible using gigabit cards. watch the episode and you will get a better idea. But my only suggestion really is gigabit cards and some form of a computer based router. If the 1u servers have gigabit and thats what seems cheapest go with it, but if they don't I would say look around. But watch the episode and then look around. haha

Thanks, I've seen the episode and really enjoyed it. The reason I'm looking for something 1u is so I can begin rackmounting my equipment since I'm building a 4u file server and my roomies are doing some stuff they want racked too.

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It all depends on the 1U server you are planning to use a router. Does it have more than 2 network interfaces? Does it have 2 PSUs? Does it have multiple disks for mirroring?

If so then it sounds like it could make a good router. Why more than 2 network interfaces? well you will want the option of keeping your wireless separate to your wired LAN, you will probably want at some point an interface to act a feed into a IDS, unless you want it to be an IPS in which case it would have to sit inline. Multiple PSUs mean that if one dies you don't loose your connection to the internet. Same goes for wanting mirrored disks.

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You can also use flash memory its much cheaper than mirrored disks http://www.transcendusa.com/products/ModDetail.asp?ModNo=26 if uptime is important and its cheaper than a hardisk. You need at least 2 network cards the most cheap 1u servers on ebay don't got it. There are also motherboards made for firewals and there are nice cases for it on http://m0n0.ch/wall/hardware.php you can find more information . What also could do the trick and is a lot cheaper is a router with costum firmware like dd-wrt or openwrt you can set up routing and it works with vlans and got lots of more functions but it don't have firewall rules en IDS / IPS functionality like a firewall distro.

As firewall distro i got a great experience with pFsense and at home i have a router with dd-wrt that works great and is performing very well.

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You can also use flash memory its much cheaper than mirrored disks http://www.transcendusa.com/products/ModDetail.asp?ModNo=26 if uptime is important and its cheaper than a hardisk. You need at least 2 network cards the most cheap 1u servers on ebay don't got it. There are also motherboards made for firewals and there are nice cases for it on http://m0n0.ch/wall/hardware.php you can find more information . What also could do the trick and is a lot cheaper is a router with costum firmware like dd-wrt or openwrt you can set up routing and it works with vlans and got lots of more functions but it don't have firewall rules en IDS / IPS functionality like a firewall distro.

As firewall distro i got a great experience with pFsense and at home i have a router with dd-wrt that works great and is performing very well.

I would use a linksys with dd-wrt but I would like something a little beefier which can be rackmounted for organization I may just build one but I'm having problems finding a reasonably priced case.

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if you want to use a rackmount server look into the poweredge 2650's. they are 2u in size and most of the ones i looked at on ebay come with 2x xeon cpu's and most have 2gb-4gb ram for under $100 shipped. scout around enough you can find one loaded with drives essentially ready to run for a reasonable price.

throw whatever OS you want on it and your good to go. the 2650's have dual gigabit nic's and all of the ones i looked at have 2 psu's.

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if you want to use a rackmount server look into the poweredge 2650's. they are 2u in size and most of the ones i looked at on ebay come with 2x xeon cpu's and most have 2gb-4gb ram for under $100 shipped. scout around enough you can find one loaded with drives essentially ready to run for a reasonable price.

throw whatever OS you want on it and your good to go. the 2650's have dual gigabit nic's and all of the ones i looked at have 2 psu's.

Sweet

Edit: The 1750s look really good too from the same store.

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