This is for my home, I know it's overkill for m0n0wall, but you can
never have too many extra servers around :)
Not to mention that I'm planning on upgrading my network to gigabit
soon, and this thing will be connecting two separate subnets, so I need
something that won't slow things down in between.
Anyway, would sata be the only point of concern? If that's the case,
then I could just as easily swap the drives when I get this and put in a
regular ATA. I'm more concerned about the onboard nic, cause that I
can't replace and I have to be sure that it will be recognized by
m0n0wall and also be able to run in full-duplex gigabit mode. That's the
most important part.
Also on that note, say I have my main subnet connected to the onboard
gigabit nic, my WAN (Cable modem) to a PCI nic, and my DMZ to a 2nd PCI
gigabit card. Now as far as I know PCI can do gigabit, but just barely
(32/8*33.3*1,000,000/1,048,576=127.2 MBytes/second, right?). So what
happens to my internet connection if I have a lot of traffic between the
LAN and DMZ? That'll be pretty much taking up most of the PCI bandwidth,
will it not? So when in the middle of this I have other computers who
need to get to the outside, will they experience any slowdowns? Just
haven't ever experimented with things like this. I would very much like
to separate a few computers (mainly my servers) from the main network,
but if the traffic between my file server and my workstations will cause
problems, then I may have to come up with an alternate solution and take
the m0n0wall out of the loop - just use it as my gateway between LAN and
WAN. The SC420 actually has one PCIe 1x slot and an 8x slot, but I don't
think there are any PCIe NICs out there...
Any tips appreciated on this.
Bryan Kohlstedt wrote:
>You could probably get it working although you might have to recompile
>with the necessary drivers as I doubt that support for sata etc would
>be built in.
>By the way, this is serious overkill. Is this for business or home? I
>personally would just get a WRAP board for less money and it would use
>less power and you'd be giving up very little. Just a thought.
>On Thu, 03 Feb 2005 17:19:34 -0500, Max Khitrov <mkhitrov at umd dot edu> wrote:
>>Hi everyone, I'm thinking about getting the dell SC420 server (just the
>>most basic config) for use as my firewall. Later I'm thinking about
>>actually setting up my own OpenBSD solution on it, but that won't happen
>>till the summer when I have some free time. Until then, I wanted to ask
>>if anyone else has experience running m0n0wall on the SC420 and if it
>>was compatible in terms of the onboard nic, sata hard drive, etc...
>>Please let me know.
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