At home I use a PC Engines APU 64 bit mini ITX box, connecting with PPoE to an unlocked HG612 to Plusnet.
At my mothers I was using a PC Engines 32 bit ALIX box, connected to a BT Home Hub 5B. The hub also has a BT YouView box, a Fon access point, and a Vodafone Sure Signal connected to it.
As pfSense 2.4 will not support 32 bit processors I decided to upgrade to the recently released Netgate SG-1000, buying from a UK partner rather than direct from Netgate. https://shop.amicatech.co.uk/shop/hardware/sg-1000-m... - £172.80 inclusive of VAT and shipping. Includes a year subscription to pfSense Gold, notably providing access to the pfSense book and remote configuration backup.
The SG-1000 is a tiny ARM SoC box.
LAN and WAN interfaces - the host, LAN and WAN are connected to a 1 Gb/s switch. iperf shows the LAN capable of 103 Mb/s.
Comes with a small 5v PSU, with the cable coming out of the bottom of the plug.
Has a built in serial console to micro USB bridge. Comes with a 1m micro USB - A USB cable. Drive this with Realterm or similar at 115200 baud, ANSI.
Easy to upgrade:
Backup old firewall's configuration.
Connect SG-1000 to PC via USB and power up. Allow Windows to update its drivers.
Connect to SG-1000 console.
Shut down old firewall.
Via console, option 2, amend LAN details if 192.168.1.1 does not suit.
Plug in LAN and WAN.
Connect to LAN address with a browser.
When prompted, fix interface assignments - WAN is cpsw0, LAN is cpsw1.
TBB Multi-streamed download and upload much the same as before.
TBB single stream download is DIRE. This might be due to BT congestion. I normally do my speed tests in the dead of night.
New box: http://www.thinkbroadband.com/speedtest/results.html...
Old box: http://www.thinkbroadband.com/speedtest/results.html...
The web interface, particularly the dashboard, consumes a lot of the weeny processor's power, often running at 100%.
So far I am rather underwhelmed (8-(
Edited by awontroba (Thu 12-Jan-17 17:17:53)