[CentOS] Router for SOHO network - hardware considerations

Eero Volotinen eero.volotinen at iki.fi
Mon Nov 22 07:30:10 UTC 2010

2010/11/22 Niki Kovacs <contact at kikinovak.net>:
> Hi,
> Last week I finished installing a small network in a private school :
> one server (an old IBM X225), seventeen desktops (Fujitsu Siemens PIV
> 2.4 GHZ, 512 MB RAM, 40 GB HD), all running CentOS 5.5.
> One extra machine is acting as a router, in that it is installed between
> the DSL modem and the network, with two Ethernet cards, and it's taking
> care of DHCP, DNS, NTP and also acts like a proxy (with Squid). It seems
> quite big and noisy and electricity-consuming to me, so I wonder if
> there is any small device that could possibly do the job as good, but
> which would me more adapted : small, solid and cheap (if possible). I
> imagine some tiny box just with a CPU and a small harddisk, a little RAM
> and two network interfaces (one out, one in), where I could install a
> very stripped-down CentOS, and then just forget about it.

http://www.mini-itx.com/store/?c=40 is nice. just install cf card and
centos or something on it .. I personally prefer pfsense on my


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