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I have read through this category and most of the inquiries are quite old, so I felt justified in asking this question.
I am currently using a Buffalo 1750dhcp with DDWRT as my router, but I'm really asking it to do too much (resulting in some occassional issues).
I'd like to put together a low price server that would be good for a few years. The requirements are gateway routing to cable modem (ISP), low bandwidth (less than 20 Mb/sec), low demand samba fileshareing (nfs), dlna services, content filtering (possibly), firewall and routing services.
Should support USB 3.0, and would like at least one external SATA port. I understand that for gateway style services, 2 lan ports would be beneficial (though not sure how necessary in a home environment?)
As I am a single person and seldom doing very many things at once, ability to handle more than 5 or 6 streams is probably not important. Only my thermostat, cell phone, tv, two pcs would be clients.
I'm in the US, so your typical companies are available.
Thank you very much for anything you can provide me to help me make intelligent decisions.
Saturday, October 13 2018, 02:56 AM
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    Saturday, October 13 2018, 10:16 AM - #Permalink
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    It really depends on what you want. I like quiet, low power hardware and I find my Microserver G10 somewhat noisy but it is pretty low power. It is not bad but noticeable compared to the rest of my home-built devices. I have a couple of PC's with a GA-H97N-WIFI board, which would be great for a mini-server except, for you, it does not have an external SATA port. It is dual-nic plus WiFi, and it came with an i3-4130T processor. There is no external fan, just a CPU fan.
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    Saturday, October 13 2018, 09:20 AM - #Permalink
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    Hmm, I can see some nice refurbished versions of that HPE/Dell hardware on Ebay for about $250...some even with RAM and drives. If anyone else has ideas, this isn't a rush job, just something I want to do pretty soon, so keep the ideas flowing.
    And thank you.
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    Saturday, October 13 2018, 08:34 AM - #Permalink
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    Unless you need transcoding with your DLNA then almost any PC hardware from the last few years would be sufficient. There is a similar thread just developing here. The key thing is to make sure it is 64-bit capable. It is also worth googling the board name and Centos. If there are issues there, then you will have probably issues with ClearOS. If their solution is to install an ElRepo kernel such as kernel-ml, then, for the moment you don't have that option. If you google "j4205 centos" from the other thread you will find that as a solution, but there is no knowing is the stock 7.5 kernel is OK. It seems like a generic Apollo Lake issue (workround in thread). RedHat/Centos?ClearOS do not exactly follow the official kernel numbering. RedHat use a base kernel (3.10.0) then over time, backport a load of the more recent features so their kernel becomes very similar to a 4.xx kernel, but I've no idea which one.
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    Saturday, October 13 2018, 08:27 AM - #Permalink
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    Look at HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 or Dell Poweredge T30. The HP server comes with clearOS preinstalled. The Dell one can have up to 7 3.5” HDs.
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