Intel® Core™ i3-12100 Processor (might seem overkill but if I have to do PPPoE + open VPN for a few Plex connections (family) and IPS, I might need it. Also has onboard graphics which is a bonus.
Random ITX board (might be able to limit TDP from 60 to 35-40 according to some forums
Intel NIC (suggestion would be great) I believe I need 1x WAN 2x LAN. Maybe a typical 4x 1GB NIC?
an old SSD I happen to have
Rackmount Case + PSU (any suggestions and “silent” PSU with gold or better rating would be awesome) Also let me know if I need a riser or not for the NIC depending on the case plz!
My ISP is BT (in the UK) 1Gbit FTTP
I’ve read online I can simply use the fibre modem on the wall and connect the PFsense box straight to it. However, I may have to use PPPoE. Any idea if I can not use PPPoE? I read it hits performance pretty hard.
I can only answer the UK bit (being in the uk!) but you will need a dedicated modem, popular one is the Draytek 130. That’s what I did, I really welcome any alternative modems, they seem to be severely lacking in the UK
The modem work for me as am FFTP and that’s ADSL+. I’ve read some stuff on it but seems like the best solution is PPPOE. Netgate don’t advertise the throughput for PPPOE so il give it a pass. (its why I was thinking of building a box myself as it will be doing 1gbit)