Hi, I am intending to replace my UniFi Er-lite 3 and migrate away from VyattaOS or whatever it's based on to OpenWRT because it's not as usable and extensible as I'd like
My current router is currently plugged into a 20-port switch, and WiFi is handled by a couple of UniFi APs that are managed by a old i5 machine on the network, which also handles adblocking via pihole, home automation, and other fun stuff running in separate VM containers.
It's starting to get messy, and I don't think I should be stuffing more functionality in there.
Instead I'd like to move and build out network features on a separate hardware platform - make an OpenWRT router, put pihole in docker, configure a proper VPN that can handle 300 mbit/s at a minimum, maybe play with DPI etc.
I was thinking of a multicore X86 platform - I have some parts lying around, a reasonable budget and the space in a server rack, but I don't want to bruteforce this. I understand that specialized platforms can do much more with less, and I care about power efficiency.
What hardware would you recommend for that kind of setup? Maybe there are clever server ARM-based solutions for this? Does it even make sense? I was thinking of spending around 500 USD on this, but I can stretch to double that if needed.
comes down to form factor, pci(e)-4port, noise, mounting etc. etc.
I forgot to mention I have a small server rack, I can spare around 6U of space in total or just throw a reasonably large box in there if necessary. As far as noise goes, the less the better (blade server kind of noise is out of the question), but I could probably play with some custom cooling solutions.
I could for example take an old ATX 4U case out of my basement and throw an ATX-style board in there. But again, I don't like to waste power.
It says it's passively cooled, but I did add a small noctua cpu fan to the solution. It's dead silent - nothing like the sound of a typical blade.
It fits well within your price bracket. Admittedly, the board/cpu itself will approach your $500 target and you'll need to spend more for RAM and SSD, but you can likely fit everything into about a $700 budget.
I also have a custom build for it I'd be happy to send you the link for (it's already linked somewhere in this forum to my github)
Thank you, this looks great! I see there is a plethora of similar supermicro boards with different ports, even 10GbE ones. This is what I was looking for; I mostly built desktops and workstations, and I didn't even realize there was such a selection of x86 low power boards available.
I'm going to test openwrt as wwell as pfsense, I'll keep your github repo for future reference