The Little Router that Couldn’t

Well as my site shows I have been pretty busy with the lack of postings that have been on it. Also you can see I am into many different things to do with technology. One thing that I have been wanting to do for some time now is have a proper network Firewall/Router to block my home computers from the outside world. My current little router D-Link DIR-857 this guy is a champ but the memory keeps getting filled up because so many devices and or people connecting to my network have caused me to have to reboot it daily just to flush the memory and have no network speed loss.

Which brings me to the new router the custom built Mini-ITX i5 CPU based system. Sure some of you are I am sure thinking wait that is overkill for just a router! While I agree with you this is but I am not just using it as a router. I’m also using it to run ESXi and host some game servers that me and friend play quite often.  Here is a list of everything that is in the build for the router.

  • Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • Biostar Hi-Fi B85N 3D Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard
  • Team Elise 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 1600 (x2 = 16GB)
  • Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5″ 7200 RPM Internal Hard Drive
  • Antec Minuet350 MicroATX Slim Case w/350W Power Supply
  • Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer

While some of you are thinking thats pretty overkill for a system that is going to be running as a router or even just as a ESXi server I would like to say Sure but I will tell you I did not pay over 400 dollars with shipping and tax for this setup because I bought everything on sale.  The DVD/CD Drive I got for 5 bucks, the motherboard was only 40 dollars, and the case was only 100 bucks.  The most expensive part of this build was the CPU.  I will get some pictures of this build and have a update after everything else is been run on it.

Currently I have about 10 servers running on this router/ESXi box of course one of the systems running on it is the Router software that is going to be replacing the old router.  We then have a internal web server that I am using for testing and building of my own applications so I don’t have to be dependent on my web hosting provider.  I have a git server Hosted on it to backup and sync with my github and bitbucket accounts to make sure that I have a Local copy but yet an archived copy.  Along with an dropbox like server that allows me to access my NAS from anywhere over a SSL connection.

And the rest are Game servers, currently I am running a Don’t Starve Together, Terraria server, Minecraft Server, Starbound, and Killingfloor.  Right now we have had all of this running and still are not pushing the CPU into even 40% territory!  Soon I will have a list to the listing of the servers and how to connect/get access to play on them.  They are all free to play on but just be nice and have fun.

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