On Tue, 2009-04-14 at 22:10 -0400, Carl Chave wrote:
> Hi Gary,
> Just a couple of thoughts, as your setup sounds similar to mine (and a
> lot of others' I'm sure) - I too recently decided to make a concerted
> effort to reduce power consumption.  I just re-did my file server with
> FreeNAS and even though I've got tons of hardware laying around I
> decided to buy the Intel 945GCLF mini-itx board based on the Atom
> processor, like you find in most netbooks.  I put a gigabit NIC in it
> though as the onboard is 10/100 (but I knew that and already had the
> NIC).  It's running great so far.
> I'd like to replace my pfSense router/firewall, which is currently
> powered by an AMD Duron with another mini-itx board that I've had
> forever, it's one of the Via C3 500 Mhz based boards.  It's only got
> one PCI slot though, which gets me back to the topic at hand.
> I just changed my network topology when I stood up the new file
> server.  It's now:
>                                             |----------> Wired LAN
> ADSL Modem <------> pfSense
>                                       |     |----------> WAP ------> WLAN
>                                       |
>                                       |----------> DMZ (web server)
> Forgive my artwork.
> I have my ADSL modem set to bridged ethernet mode which disables all
> the router/firewall/dhcp features of the modem and just turns it into
> a media/protocol converter between the phone line and the ethernet
> cable going to the pfSense box.  I use the onboard 10/100 NIC for that
> PPPoE connection.
> I've got three more NICs installed to make up the remaining
> connections.  The wired LAN and the WLAN interfaces are bridged.  I
> initially had these as separate networks but most of my media players
> are wireless and the file server is on the wired side so bridging it
> was the easiest way (for me!) to get the broadcasts through.
> The web server is connected directly to the third NIC at the moment
> and is it's own network.  It's still behind the firewall but I can
> open ports now to it while still protecting the rest of the LAN from
> the web server if it get's compromised.  At least, that's the theory.
> So that's my setup, don't know if that's the kind of feedback you're
> looking for but I'd like to hear comments and see what others have
> going.

As far as I know, my 1.5 M/768K feed is "DSL" not "ADSL"; I don't think
it makes that much difference.  Anyway, it sounds like I'd like to do
something like you have.  Troubles are that my physical disability
prevents me from doing much beyond the keyboard.  Then there is the
question of which make of Intel I want for my new FBSD or Ubuntu.
I'm thinking of something that willl last several years--possibly a quad
with lots of disk and memory.  (But if a dual or a quad sucks up too
many watts, that blows much of the original purpose of cutting my


> Carl
> On Tue, Apr 14, 2009 at 7:23 PM, Steve Bertrand <st...@ibctech.ca> wrote:
> >
> > Gary Kline wrote:
> >
> > [...big snip...]
> >
> > >       if i've made any sense so far, great!  if not,i'm open for
> > >       questions.  i'm also open for suggestions on how to alter this
> > >       network configuration.
> > >
> > >       thanks for reading this far.
> > >
> > >       gary
> > >
> > >
> > > It might be simplest to replace my firewall and my server with
> > > low-energy-usage i386 computers; is there a better way?
> >
> > What are your requirements for your network ie. are you requiring any
> > fancy trickery, or is this simply trying to NAT a couple of machines
> > behind an ADSL connection?
> >
> > Steve
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