I doubt monowall uses the advanced features of the pentium chip. On
tigerdirect.com until the 31st you can get a 3.2GHz Celeron D chip for
109 minus a 50 dollar mail in rebate so its only 59.99. This would give
you a faster machine if its needed. Again not sure on freebsd, but I
would think if it doesn't support pentium features a faster celeron d
chip would be better and less than half the cost.
From: Tarun Kundhi [mailto:tkundhi at inebraska dot com]
Sent: Friday, March 24, 2006 4:11 PM
To: m0n0wall list
Subject: [m0n0wall] gigabit hardware sizing and intel 82573 driver
I would appreciate a second set of eyes to verify that I properly speced
(overkill is OK) a box capable of gigabit speed between interfaces. Also
I'm concerned about Intel 82573V being support supported.
We need a total of 6 interfaces with 1Gb between 3 of them, 2 interfaces
will be 100Mb and the final one could be anything. I know this computer
has more CPU power than we need but scaling down the processer to a
single core P4 doesn't even change the price a $100.
In addition to basic firewall functions we will have captive portal on
the 100Mb interface for wireless access (via AP) and will have 3 site to
site VPNs to other m0n0walls. This machine must be rackmountable.
CPU: Intel Pentium D 920 (2.8GHz, Dual Core, 2MB/Core L2 Cache, EM64T,
RAM: 512MB (2 x 256MB) Unbuffered ECC DDR2-667
NIC: Dual 10/100/1000 Mbps NICs (Intel 82573V) - Integrated PCI-X -
64Bit/133MHz: Intel PRO/1000 MT Quad Port Server Adapter SATA HDD
Mounting: 2 x Fixed Mount HDD Bays Hot-Swap HDD 1: None Low Profile
CD-ROM OR IDE Disk on Module: 512MB ATA100 CF Module
Rail Kit: 2 Piece Ball Bearing Rail Kit
Comments are appreictaed.