[Soekris] Talk me out of buying a net4801
jim0266 at gmail.com
Thu Sep 25 04:11:13 UTC 2008
Thanks in advance for humoring me with my unimportant story and
For the last few years a FreeBSD box running IPF has been protecting
my little home cable modem network. Back then I was having fun hacking
around teaching myself Unix. Once I finally migrated to OSX from
System 9 I stopped playing around with Unix except for my little
firewall and occasional peeks under OS X's hood.
A recent storm took out my power supply on that firewall box.
Unfortunately it was a proprietary power supply. I liberated a FreeBSD
box out of the closet loaded with FreeBSD 4.11 and tried to duplicate
my old firewall. Despite extensive documentation of my old system
files I could not get this new box to work as my firewall.
While searching around for a solutions I came across m0n0wall and
PFSense. Getting them to install and work was very simple, especially
PFSense, which was installed on a hard drive. Next I read about using
a CF card instead of a hard drive. A few days later my IDE/CF adapter
arrived and in minutes I had PFSense running off the compactflash
card. My old Geek Hacker self was re-emerging. :)
Then I read about the Soekris boxes.
My router/firewall is in the basement so noise is not an issue. Now
that I have the CF installed a power supply failure is the only weak
link in the box. But since this was a home-built box it has a standard
PS which will be easy to replace if necessary.
The only reason I can come up with to plunk down $243 for a 4801,
power supply and shipping, is to save power. I calculated my current
router/firewall expends about 200 watts to run. That costs me $110 a
year to power If my calculations are correct. If the 4801 takes 10
watts to power that would cost $5.50 a year.
Is this a good enough rationalization?
What is a reasonable lifespan of a Soekris box?
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