After watching the Son of the forbidden router video this topic intrigued me. The build Wendell went with is probably fine as is, but the cost of the motherboard he used seems quite unreasonable where I live (around 500€).
I currently have a Protectli type SFF-PC running OpnSense. My plan is to run OpnSense on bare metal in the future too. My goals are quite simple: 10Gbe or close-to routing and manageable power consumption overall. Idle consumption is a big part of this picture.
What I have planned is something in the lines of:
- i3 12100
- Some generic B660 motherboard
- Some small good power supply
- 2x8Gb DDR4
- NIC or two
Am I on the right track? I’m willing to forgo ECC in my router, but if there is a comparable solution with ECC that is ofcourse better alternative.
Why are you not virtualizing the router?
I really do prefer a separate router for my homelab. I am aware of the ability to virtualize the router too, but I prefer not having everything tied to one physical machine.
Can’t you reorganize your devices and VLANs so that you won’t need 10Gbe routing?
Truth be told, I probably could and it’s not like the 1Gbe bottlenecks are killing the performance now. This just something that I have wanted to try for the flexibility it gives. No matter what I’ve done I’ve ran into this specific cross-VLAN traffic routing hindrance is some capacity every time.