I would like to build my own router (for homelabbing, learning, etc). I chatted online and spec'd out a PC type system, but decided not go that route since the wattage would be quite high. Then, I thought about something like a mini PC router box system with low wattage like the Protectli FW6C. But starting at $500 for no options, alot of people I spoke with said it was far too expensive for a beginner and recommended the overseas options from China (ie Aliexpress).
I was just wondering what your thoughts are on this regarding alternatives. But also, if you feel that the Protectli is just right for me, how would you spec out a complete build?
I was thinking of going with the base model where nothing is included except the case and then, purchase these options below since they should outperform the defaults on the product page.
If you have a recommended absolute best wireless AP and switch to complete this build, please also share!
Here is my current system for reference (I probably need to upgrade soon, since I built this system around 2015-ish):
- Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz
- Asus Z87M-Plus
- Crucial 8GB DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) x4 (32GB)
- Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB, 1TB x2
- Corsair 350D
- SeaSonic Platinum Series SS-400FL2
- Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
- Dell U2718Q monitor
- Windows 10 Pro
Hopefully, this list is powerful enough to complete a number of (or all) of the tasks shared here by Sam:
Thank you for any advice/guidance!