Help me build a mini smoothwall
I want to build my own little PC for Smoothwall at my new place since I'm leaving behind my industrial-grade equipment at ICHQ for Icrontic events.
Emphasis on small, but I would like a quiet (silent?) PC that can hold two server-grade gig NICs, and has enough CPU and RAM so that I won't have to worry about upgrading it ever.
For reference: The current ICHQ smoothwall handles 100-150 simultaneous connections beautifully. It is an AMD Athlon X4-965 with 8gb of RAM and 2 intel server NICs.
The requirements are:
2x gigabit managed (server-grade) NICs
ability to run Smoothwall (very hardened, basic linux install)
A USB port
ABility to run headless (doesn't need GPU to boot)
32gb of storage (don't need anything more than that)
I'm out of the loop big time on small form factor stuff. I'd even go with a tiny purpose-built box if it was the right fit.
If anyone has any suggestions on routers they trust, I'm open to that as well.