Ordering and setting up a Home Firewall

May 2018: How do you setup a personal firewall that does not cost more then CHF 200? First you need to find the Hardware. I can suggest Pc Engines since their product is available worldwide (Europe, Switzerland and Americas)


What do you need?
First you need to determine if you want to have a 3G/LTE miniPCIe modems as well. Since my setup is not critical I opted not to have the motherboard optimized for LTE.
I used the following motherboard (The heat spreader kit is included with apu boards)

Do you want Wifi ? (optional):
– wle200nx / wle600vx wifi module (wle600vx not supported by all operating systems)
– 2 pigsma pigtail cable
– 2 antsma / antsmadb antenna

My setup is a standard firewall, no Wifi, no 3G modem optimized. Here are the parts I used: (I like the color red for a firewall but you have also the option blue and black)

With the preassembly option, you do not need the template to place the cooling pads and the unit is ready for setup.

Next you choose what firewall software you want to run. Both are a complete package with OS and I really like the following 2:
– OPNSense (frequent updates)
– pfSense


in a couple of days

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