A few postings back I discussed having learned about Kerio firewalls. I said "I'm so impressed I will be adding one to my home network very soon". Well "soon" has taken a huge step forward. While I haven't actually put the firewall in place yet, I have purchased all of the parts for it. We typically run our firewalls on lower end PC hardware. This has worked out well and older/slower computers make fine firewalls, but they are the size of, well, a full size PC. Go figure. I wanted something a little smaller and, hopefully, quieter. Fortunately, I recently found a slew of mini-itx motherboards with Intel Atom processors already attached to them. This means that I can build a system that will be relatively small, and because no fan is needed it should be quiet. Here's what I bought:
|Intel BOXD510MO Motherboard + Processor:||$79.99|
|Antec ISK 300-65 R mini-itx case:||$69.99|
|Crucial 2GB Ram chip:||$27.99|
|OCZ 30GB SSD hard drive:||$64.99|
|Intel Low Profile 1Gb NIC||$27.67|
I had to pay shipping, but the grand total for hardware is under $300.00. I'm now patiently waiting for everything to get here so I can start building.
Next...The Build! Time to geek out!