Now that I have FreeNAS installed and working very well, I decided to replace my old Instant Internet box.
The Instant Internet box works fine – but it is old. The software for it hasn’t been updated since Apr 30 2001, and it is only a 10 base-T box.
I replaced in with an old dual processor Pentium 500 MHz box running pfSense 1.2-RC4. It is a Linux distribution. The box has 3 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) cards in it (one for my WAN, one for the LAN, and one for future use).
Since all of the other switches in my house are GbE I have just improved my internal networking speeds dramatically.
While I was busy with the new Router/Firewall my son was in the attic running new Cat 5e cable from the router to his bedroom. Oh joy! Running Ethernet cable is always a ton of fun (not really!).
I really want to thank Jon from Midspot for recommending pfSense – it is extremely powerful, very configurable, and free!
I still have some tweaking to do, but it works, and it works well. It will work even better after I understand it more.
And yes, I realize that GbE to my cable modem doesn’t buy me anything (since the cable modem is running at 10Mbps) – but I wanted to keep all the cards in the box the same.