I fixed a lot of my problems in one go

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    After running zeroshell for I guess nearly 10 years, and donating several times, I started to wonder if there was a viable alternative that was not riddled with bugs the dev refuses to acknowledge let alone fix, and gradually declining performance. The catalyst was upgrading to 100Mbit fibre and realising that nothing short of an Athlon 64 would cope with the load.

    I’ve been running pfSense for over six months now. Feature wise it’s on parity if not better, internet throughput is saturated at less than 50% load on a Via Eden @ 1GHz, it’s significantly more reliable.

    It’s slightly easier to install, regularly updated including a significant UI overhall while I’ve been using it, there’s active support and a forum populated by more than a handful of people. There are a few theoretical features Zeroshell has that pfSense doesn’t have, but the pfSense features work without prayer and sacrifice.

    Slap a DNR on Zeroshell. Fulvio is clearly sick of it and I’m sure his time could be better spent.


    I was running ZS on P4 Celeron 2.2 GHz for almost 10 years, and just migrated to Atom 1.6 GHz and with 25 MBit connection my CPU utilization is hovering around 5-7% on a LAN with 11 machines permanently and a couple of visiting laptops. Our d/l volume is anywhere between 300 MB and 1 TB depending on a month.

    If you were pinning Athlon 64 at 100% CPU, something was very wrong in the hardware setup. I would suspect a Realtek NIC first, this is probably the most likely culprit as their chips are horrible for sustained network traffic applications.

    I always use Intel based NICs and now with Atom I installed a PCIe 1x card for LAN and this setup runs very cool, uses little CPU and only 90 MB of RAM.

    I am always (with any software) trying to stay at least 1 major version behind to have something which is patched and bug-free. The migration to Atom also installed 3.5 where previously I was on 1.0, then 2.0 then 3.0. Cannot recall any show-stopper bugs, these run fine and create no issues except a minor one with VOIP which I eventually figured out

    It is true that Fulvio is not frequenting this forum and seldom responds to the posts, but this is his project and he made no commitments to provide any sort of support, so we should be grateful to him for putting together an excellent router package that allowed so many of us to stay online for free for so many years and advance our own goals. Kudos to Fulvio for all the effort he spent and hopefully we are going to see more user-requested features implemented in the future!

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