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Thinking of trying Sophos XG Home. Some questions.

Hi everyone. I have a couple questions. I currently run pfSense in my home network/homelab. I was thinking of maybe trying out Sophos XG. I have no problem with my pfSense it runs great but when I was checking out Sophos it seemed to be more similar to what I work with at work which is Palo Alto. For this reason, I was thinking it may better for my learning to have a similar firewall software running in the house for learning purposes. I have one concern though and a couple questions.

My concern is related to hardware. The hardware I have right now running pfSense is a SuperMicro SYS-5018A-FTN4 1U Server barebone. The CPU in it is an Intel Atom C2758 2.4Ghz 8-Core. I have 16 GB DDR3 RAM and a 120GB SSD in it. I read that Sophos XG Home has hardware limitations which are 4cores and 6GB RAM. Is there no way to remove these? By that I don’t mean working around them but is there any paid subscription (that isn’t ridiculously high enterprise pricing) that will remove the hardware limitations? I am really interested in trying Sophos XG but really don’t like that it is going to neuter my hardware killing over half the power of my box.

The questions I had were as follows:

How do vlans work with Sophos XG? Right now, I have one NIC for WAN, one for LAN, and the other two in a LAGG and all my VLANS use the LAGG for the VLAN interfaces. Is it possible to set Sophos up in a similar way? Or is there a better way to set this up that I should be doing?

Any recommendations/guides for initially setting up rules for a home network? I have watched a ton of videos on setting up rules, vpn, web/app/intrusion/etc. policies, and other parts of Sophos XG. I will be turning on many of these things but will not be blocking things like games and other stuff that you would normally block in enterprise but not in a home environment.

Thank you for your help and time.



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  • To add to Wayne's post, you will be working very hard to use more than 6gb of ram on a home system and most systems will work quite happily with 4 real cores. Some of the processing requirement will depend on your ISP connection speed.

    Ian

    XG115W - v19.0.1 mr-1 - Home

    1225v5 6gb ram, SSID, 4 NICs 20w - v19 EAP - on holiday.

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  • To add to Wayne's post, you will be working very hard to use more than 6gb of ram on a home system and most systems will work quite happily with 4 real cores. Some of the processing requirement will depend on your ISP connection speed.

    Ian

    XG115W - v19.0.1 mr-1 - Home

    1225v5 6gb ram, SSID, 4 NICs 20w - v19 EAP - on holiday.

    If a post solves your question please use the 'Verify Answer' button.

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