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    Great forum. Zeroshell looks like an amazing piece of software.

    I would like to ask for your advice. I want to use zeroshell to run a VPN router, loadbalancer and firewall. I need 4 ethernet ports.

    I have read the section on recommended hardware and I am interested in the and also mini-itx based system.

    I need a very robust and reliable system with 4x ethernet.

    What are your experiences on the suitablity of these two types of hardware?

    Kind Regards Ric


    Soekris looks better for me. It depends on how much bandwidth you want to pass through it. The asus has many fancy features which you will never use with ZS.


    I’m running a Soekris net5501 with an extra ethernet card plugged in giving a total of 5 interfaces. My bandwidth requirements are fairly modest compared to some that have posted on this forum:

    DSL: 0.7M down / 0.3M up
    Cable: 30M down / 3M up
    LAN1: Lightly used wireless
    LAN2: VoIP network
    LAN3: Mail/web servers and a couple of desktop machines

    The box runs well with that load:

    Uptime 59 days, 2:49
    Load Avg 0.13 0.21 0.16

    And the through put in speed tests on the cable ISP are about 50% better than with the old Xincom 502 that it replaced.

    I do use the OpenVPN, but only a single connection at a time which seems to be limited to the cable ISP upload bandwidth.

    Given that I’m averaging about 20% CPU in this configuration I’d say that you probably would not want to use this box if your bandwidth requirements were significantly higher than mine or if you have more users or higher transfer rate to your internal servers. But if your load requirements are similar to or less than mine, it works great.

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