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For those that like to manage their own firewall and run IDS/IPS on their home networks, I'm curious - what are you using and is it power friendly?

I used to have a shelf full systems doing various things, but moving a lot had me trim down and I'm currently just using an off the shelf home wifi router, and need something with more power. Ideally running Linux, would like to run Suricata or Snort on it, maybe in IDS mode. And with logging to a database - that could offload that to another machine.

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What services are you running that you would need an IDS setup? –  user606723 Aug 24 '11 at 19:49
IDS is worthwhile for anyone in IT Security, or even in IT - you can watch for odd traffic - which may help you in your day job; you are more likely to spot anomalies; and you are bound to have something sensitive on your network you want to protect. –  Rory Alsop Aug 24 '11 at 20:09

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Have in the past used a MikroTik as router and firewall, and a Mini-ITX running Snort and some more intelligent filtering than the basic MikroTik box. Don't know what the total power consumption was, but they didn't even get warm.

Easy to setup and they just work:-)

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+1 for MikroTik - looks pretty good. Much cheaper than buying a Soekris box or a build your own VIA system. –  AngerClown Aug 25 '11 at 18:50
Yeah - I hadn't heard of them until @RoryMcCune introduced me to them - Cisco-ish interface and commands, very simple to configure and quite fully featured little boxen. –  Rory Alsop Aug 25 '11 at 20:57

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