The Unofficial Homelab HCL

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Networking Equipment

See also Category:Networking

MikroTik

Switches

CRS125-24G-1S-IN

This Mikrotik Cloud Router Switch provides tons of features, and can be purchased at a decent price. Cheaper models with less ports do exist. The CRS can be provide advanced services such as DHCP, Certificate Authority Server, and DNS Server. This switch supports an MTU size of 4064.

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Mirktoik Cloud Router Switch - 24 Port

Mikrotik CRS125-24G-1S-IN

Routers

OpenWRT

Anything on the OpenWRT (or it's imminent successor LEDE) will enable you to support some useful and fancy features with a good level of reliability and feature parity between models, making for a nice familiar setup routine and enabling you to do some nice tricks like routing between VLANs on home equipment.

Ubiquiti

Switches

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SSDs

PCIe

FusionIO

This card is on the HCL, and since it's older it can be found for cheap, but it's an enterprise drive!

lspci -v
0000:02:00.0 Mass storage controller Mass storage controller: SanDisk ioMemory [fioiom0]
vmkchdev -l |grep 0000:02:00.0
0000:02:00.0 1aed:2001 1aed:2001 vmkernel fioiom0

Desktop Hardware

Standard business/consumer desktops are often workable as low cost hypervisor hosts. They are usually available for a sensible price second hand on ebay and local sale sites, or possibly from an employer who is having a hardware refresh and is happy to loan a budding homelabber some old hardware. Desktop hardware would not usually be found in, for example, VMware's official HCL but will often still work in a vendor-unsupported configuration. The models below have been successfully used by the community.

Manufacturer Model Hypervisor Configuration Notes
Dell OptiPlex 790 USFF vSphere ESXi 6.0U2 A practial ultra-small form factor where space is an issue, but additional PCI cards are not required. Implemented with 16GB (2x8GB) DIMM.
Intel NUC vSphere See Main Page for full list of models
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