Need a small form factor x86 box to be a firewall/router/dg

Michael Torrie torriem at
Thu Aug 8 14:45:16 MDT 2013

On 08/08/2013 02:43 PM, Michael Torrie wrote:
> I'm getting sick and tired of ISP tech support questioning my router as
> the cause of my many internet outages (they don't seem to know what
> traceroute or what a shell on my router means), so I want to replace my
> aging linksys router with a mini PC running Linux.  That way I can
> honestly say when they ask me if I'm using a router, "no I'm directly
> connected."  Plus I can run cacti and monitor the connection 24/7, and
> run DG.
> I want a machine that's x86 (i3 or i5), at least 1 GHz, low-power, no
> fans, ssd disk, 2 gigabit ethernet ports, small formfactor.  Any ideas
> as to what I should look for?  Anything under $500 is game at this point.

I should add that wifi is not required; I'm just going to tack wireless
on as a node, rather than put it on the router.

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