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= Paul's Security Weekly - Episode 470 - 6:00PM =

Recorded June 23, 2016

== Episode Audio ==

[] Coming Soon

= Interview: =

{{FiveQuestions}}

= Tech Segment: Building A PfSense Firewall - Part 1 - The Hardware =

==About & Why==

For your home or small office, everyone needs a firewall! Well, I supposed you don't NEED one, but it helps. More important than just protecting you from curious people on the Internet, there are a ton of added advantages of having a good firewall platform, such as VPN, outbound filtering and more. Now, you can buy commercial off-the-shelf hardware to do this, however there are some issues:

# If you are listening to this show, you are a nerd who likes to tinker, and this is a great way to do that. Off-the-shelf stuff doesn't always give you stuff to tinker with.
# This is a great learning experience, if you are just getting started building and maintaining your own Linux/BSD firewall will teach you a lot, and its like table stakes (I built my own firewall, check).
# You can get a ton more speed and performance from a custom firewall for less money. This also means you can do things like scanning through your firewall without it catching fire.

==How==

I used the http://pcpartpicker.com web site to start identifying hardware in use for the build, a few things to note:

* Low power consumption is key as it will be on all the time
* Solid networking cards should be used, not using what is built into the Motherboard
* Cooling, cooling and more cooling - This thing will be on all the time, make sure you have good airflow

Taking all these things into consideration, here is my build:

* [http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231615 G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB] - $64.99
* [http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA6BM41F7688 ASUS P7H55-M microATX Motherboard - LGA1156] - $60.00
* [https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003VANRAQ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Intel Core i5-760 Processor 2.8 GHz 8 MB Cache Socket LGA1156] - $59.95
* [https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OAJ412U Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD] - $90.99
* [https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CUZP0SU Cooler Master N200 - Mini Tower Computer Case with Fully Meshed Front Panel and mATX/Mini-ITX Support] - $48.95
* [https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005O65JXI/ Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan] - $29.95



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