Project “Falcon” – The DIY Router (server?) Experiment
The final purpose of this not-server is actually to function as a router. After you read the specs for the machine, you will probably say “this is massive overkill”. You will also be 100% correct. Though it is more than just a simple packet pusher, rather a “Unified Security” appliance (think things like passive proxy, IDS/IPS, etc) that will be able to push at least 500 megabits per second (or at least that is the goal).
- iStarUSA D-400L-7 — 4U Rackmount case
- iStarUSA IS-550R8P — 550w Redundant Power Supply
- Qty 2 — Intel Xeon E5 2620 — 6 Core, 2.0 Ghz
- Qty 2 — Samsung 840 Pro — 256 GB SSD
- ASUS GT630-SL-2GD3-L — Graphics card
- Qty 2 — Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB — RAM
- Intel X540T2 — Dual 10 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
- ASUS Z9PE-D8 WS — LGA2011 Motherboard
- SABRENT 3.5-Inch to SSD / 2.5-Inch HDD Bay Drives Converter
- Qty 2 — Intel Thermal Solution Air
- StarTech EPS Power Adapter
This “Falcon” design ended up serving 2 offices with a 3rd “Mini Falcon” (half RAM/CPU/SSD) serving at a test location. The units were all eventually decommissioned in favor of Palo Alto Network security appliances. I would, however, gladly build them again and would recommend PFSense for any location looking for good quality firewalls at Open Source prices.