I currently have one of the QOTOM box with an i5-7200u. It works great, but the power buttom has always been flimsy, I honestly don’t really trust it and because the router is overall such an important component, I’d like to have at least 2 servers/appliances in case something goes wrong with the hardware.
Anyways, I have a 500/60 Mbps connection and do use OpenVPN on pfsense. I also run Snort and pfblocker currently. I do host some websites with around a total of 1000 hits/day, not expecting anything crazy anytime soon. I want very low power consumption since the box is plugged on a UPS with my also low power Unraid server and I want it to last as much as it can on the UPS if need be. Fanless is also a nice plus, otherwise I will want 120mm silent fans… in a very small ITX case preferably with dust filters… hard to find I know.
Interesting options I’ve seen:
Supermicro E302-9A w/ C3558 E302-9A | Mini 1U | SuperServers | Products | Super Micro Computer, Inc.
Supermicro A2SDi-8C-HLN4F w/ C3758 and a separate case (currently looking at the Fractal ERA ITX but it’s big) A2SDi-8C-HLN4F | Motherboards | Products | Super Micro Computer, Inc.
The C3558 is fairly less powerful than the 7200u I currently use. On the plus side, it has more cache and supports registered ECC memory (I know it’s not required nor even recommended for pfsense but I still like that personnally). Is it still powerful enough to get the job done? Anyone has this little Supermicro box? Is it reliable? At for upgradability, is it any better than the QOTOM box I currently own or is there any way to fit another Supermicro ITX board in there and adapt/swap the cooling solution they’re using?