I’m looking at building a new work station this spring, making my current one a Linux machine, and taking my current Linux machine and turning it into a PFSence box. I have 10 gig LAN throughout my house, yes overkill I know. The specs are as follows:
ASUS tough MB
32 gig non ecc ram
I have a spare 250 gig ssd
for the NIC ports I was planning on using a Intel X550-T2 for WAN and CHELSIO T520-SO-CR for LAN to go to my Unifi US-16-XG switch.
I was looking at the specs of the prebuilt units and it seams to me that these old parts will have more than enough power to be a Router and to do add blocking. Currently I run just an EdgeMAX EdgeRouter4 but it only has 1gig NICs on it and with DOCIS 4 looking at being available on comcast next year I want to make sure I am able to actually get my full gigabit signal and kind of future prof myself for a long time.
I also share my plex server on my FreeNAS box I didn’t know if I would have to watch for anything to make sure I can still share that.