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Standard User brookheather
(member) Sat 28-Mar-20 13:02:59
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Otherwise if you have any PC from the last 5 years (64-bit CPU) and fit it with two gigabit NICs and run pfSense, that will do the job nicely.
PCs are capable, but often noisy and can take a lot of electricity compared to a dedicated box. Not always acceptable in domestic situations. smile

I can recommend using an HP 400 / 600 / 800 SFF PC (G1 onwards) - I use an HP 400 G2.5 SFF for my pfSense router - I think power consumption is around 14W for this model - I also have an HP 600 G2 SFF and that has power consumption about 12W due to its better Platinum rated PSU. The fans can be audible particularly if the machine is a few years old but they can easily be replaced for a few quid with Arctic or Noctua fans. You can't hear my 600 G2 since I replaced the cpu fan with a Noctua 80mm fan.

Cerberus FTTP + pfSense + Asus RT-AC67U AiMesh

Edited by brookheather (Sat 28-Mar-20 13:04:58)

Standard User PaulKirby
(knowledge is power) Sat 28-Mar-20 13:16:59
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I was just saying I haven't updated since 2018, I had a few new firmware update listed, so I just updated to the last one.
Oh okay, that is good news.
The security industry has been asking manufacturers of home products to automatically have "auto update"; as there have been some really malicious attacks against well known vulnerabilities. It is a shame the ISP provided hardware is so basic, as this stuff normally updates itself. Add-on products such as the BT WholeHome discs (the generic ones) also have automatic update for their firmware. This is getting an important topic, especially in the current craziness when getting a replacement router might take weeks. frown

I did have it set to auto update, but for some reason it was un-ticked, might of been when I forgot the password and did a factory reset and must of forgot that setting.

Yeah, I had so many issues with the smart hub GUI Issues, hub becoming sluggish and the old reboot, sadly there is no place to report these issues to due to BT never pass the info on to the required team, that was why I got the Linksys one, was a [censored] to get setup right how I wanted it, but it was stable hardly did no reboots, and only changed the IP when BT changed it which was 5 months at one point. smile

Paul

Standard User PaulKirby
(knowledge is power) Sat 28-Mar-20 13:23:44
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Otherwise if you have any PC from the last 5 years (64-bit CPU) and fit it with two gigabit NICs and run pfSense, that will do the job nicely.

What speed of a CPU are we talking about here?
I have several 3.4GHz and possibly 4GHz i7's floating about here, I have a few 1Gbit NIC's on the shelf.

Paul


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Standard User brookheather
(member) Sat 28-Mar-20 13:37:50
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What speed of a CPU are we talking about here?
I have several 3.4GHz and possibly 4GHz i7's floating about here, I have a few 1Gbit NIC's on the shelf.

I have an i3-4170 3.7GHz cpu and it goes up to about 4% cpu usage at 300Mbps so any of those cpus should be perfectly fine. Try and use Intel Gbit NICs if you can.

Cerberus FTTP + pfSense + Asus RT-AC67U AiMesh
Standard User dogcat
(learned) Sat 28-Mar-20 13:39:05
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Purely out of interest and probably worth asking on this thread which off the shelf third party routers are capable of running 1Gbps.


If I were buying now I'd get the Mikrotik rb4011igs_rm. Ongoing firmware upgrades, a quad-core ARM, and a 10G ethernet port. It will eat 1G for lunch smile

Otherwise if you have any PC from the last 5 years (64-bit CPU) and fit it with two gigabit NICs and run pfSense, that will do the job nicely.


Just to echo this, this is about the best advice at the moment. The RB4011 is easily the best none rack router available and is very power efficient. Seriously overpowered for even 1Gbps connections, yet is comparatively not that expensive.

PfSense / OpnSense is a great option, but will cost you more long term due to more power usage - but if you have the spare machine handy then the cost difference would take many years to make up. Just get a good Intel NIC, anything that is I3/I5/I7 from Sandy Bridge (e.g. I3-2XXX) and above should be able to handle 1Gbps.

Both options do require you to know a bit about networking though, i.e. they aren't 'plug and play'.

Edited by dogcat (Sat 28-Mar-20 13:40:28)

Standard User PaulKirby
(knowledge is power) Sat 28-Mar-20 13:54:34
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Just seen an alert message on the order stating the following:
Sorry for the delay
Your order is taking longer than expected. We're working on it and we'll be in touch if there are any changes to your order. Thanks for your patience.

At least they are aware of the issue.

Paul

Standard User acting_funny
(member) Sat 28-Mar-20 13:54:49
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https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=ro&t...

these guys tested a bunch of routers with gigabit pppoe, it's a few years old but any of the updated models should be fine.
Standard User Chipmunk77
(newbie) Sat 28-Mar-20 15:20:04
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[re: PaulKirby] [link to this post]
 
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Just seen an alert message on the order stating the following:
Sorry for the delay
Your order is taking longer than expected. We're working on it and we'll be in touch if there are any changes to your order. Thanks for your patience.

At least they are aware of the issue.

Paul



Yeah, I have that too. The next message you'll get will be something about a specialist team working on it.

What I'm curous about: is it just an admin messup caused by lack of staff, and/or systems not ready for 1gb? Or perhaps the equipment in the streets isn't matching their databases, so it's not actually 1gb capable yet?
Standard User PaulKirby
(knowledge is power) Sat 28-Mar-20 15:25:30
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Yeah, I have that too. The next message you'll get will be something about a specialist team working on it.

What I'm curous about: is it just an admin messup caused by lack of staff, and/or systems not ready for 1gb? Or perhaps the equipment in the streets isn't matching their databases, so it's not actually 1gb capable yet?

Well BT told me on the phone this morning its delayed due to nobody in wholesale office in India. Now why they cannot process it in a UK office I don't know.

Now this might be due to its the weekend or due to the issues that are happening at the moment.

I also see the following for my broadband package:
Your current BT Broadband:
Sorry, we can’t show your details at the moment
We’re working on fixing the issue, but in the meantime you can also find your account details on your latest bill.

Now that might be due to it being stuck in mid order.

Paul

Edited by PaulKirby (Sat 28-Mar-20 15:30:31)

Standard User busterboy
(committed) Sat 28-Mar-20 15:39:26
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I feel better after reading this.laugh

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