I’m considering purchasing a Netgate 4100, or 6100 to replace my QOTOM Q355G4 Mini PC - Core i5 that’s been in use since mid-2020. My reason for the change is my concern in regards to how long the QOTOM will last. Over the past couple of years, it’s been very reliable, I’ve kept the unit running as cool as possible, between 36c - 41c. I’ll keep this current unit as a backup that I can easily swap out.
I’ve decided to move to Netgate hardware as a way of supporting the company, and the reliability of its hardware. ( from your discussions and videos)
My question is, which one to purchase? I like to future-proof to cover my networking and security needs over the next 5 yrs or so.
My internet connection is 1.5 Gbps down, and 100 Mbps up. (at the time that I signed up, 1.5 was cheaper the 1 Gbps…go figure! ) I know I won’t see the full speed (1G network), but on tests, 940 is average.
I’m currently running the usual packages plus arpwatch, Avahi, Snort, OpenVPN, haproxy
I’m also considering removing Snort and going to either pfBlockerNG, or Suricata.
My thoughts, the 6100 comes with 8 GB of memory vs the 4100 which only comes with 4 GB of memory. With the current configuration, I have 8 GB of memory with 25 % usage.
I also have 4 VLAN’s configured separating surveillance, IoT, guest, and private WiFi
Intel(R) Core™ i5-5200U CPU @ 2.20GHz
4 CPUs : 1 package(s) x 2 core(s) x 2 hardware threads
AES-NI CPU Crypto: Yes (active)
QAT Crypto: No
built on Fri Feb 10 20:06:33 UTC 2023
Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated.