2. Hardware and Usage

Proxmox Critical

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This machine hosts all the critical parts of our little infra. It uses a low power fanless CPU to stay on as long as possible when running on battery during power outages.

It runs Proxmox and runs only three services:

  • pfSense (VM)
  • Unifi Controller
  • AdGuard


  • Qotom Mini PC Q750G5-S08 Fanless
  • NIC: 5x I225-V 2.5G
  • CPU: Celeron J4125 Quad Core, 2.0GHz, Up to 2.7GHz, 4M Cache, 10W TDP
  • RAM: 8GB
  • SSD: 256GB


$320 brand new from AliExpress in October 2022

Proxmox Lab / Recreational

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Host everything that is not critical, doesn't require too much processing power and can be virtualized not to difficultly.

It runs Proxmox and run these services:

  • Photoprism: AI-Powered Photos App for the Decentralized Web
  • Deluge: torrent client
  • Radarr: movie collection manager
  • Sonarr: software-based Personal Video Recorder (PVR) for TV shows
  • Jackett: API Support for your favorite torrent trackers
  • Barebone Ubuntu Server used as web server (Remote-SSH VSCode). It has nginx, node, php, pm2, minio, mariadb, pgadmin, redis, etc.
  • Caddy: powerful, enterprise-ready, open source web server with automatic HTTPS written in Go
  • Mailhog: email testing tool for developers
  • Vaultwarden: Alternative implementation of the Bitwarden server API written in Rust and compatible with upstream Bitwarden clients
  • Home Assistant


  • Lenovo ThinkCentre M710S SFF
  • CPU: Core i5-6500
  • RAM: 24GB
  • SSD: 512GB ADATA SU760


$200 reconditioned from Bauer System in February 2022

The Mandatory Window Server

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Host anything that is Window-specific and require dedicated processing power.

It runs Windows 11 and run these services:

  • Blue Iris: video security software that provides recording and playback for up to 64 IP network cameras or webcams
  • Plex Media Server: the one place to find and access all our TV shows and movies


  • Dell Precision 3440 SFF
  • CPU: Core i3-10100
  • RAM: 24GB
  • SSD: Crucial P2 500GB PCIe
  • HDD: Western Digital 3TB WD Red Plus NAS


$280 brand new from Dell in November 2020


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Network Attached Storage (NAS): a storage that's available to all devices on the network.

I keep it very barebone as it's not a powerful machine.

Divided in two volumes:

  1. Family (4TB)
    • Photos
    • Documents
    • Syncthing directories
  2. Stuff (12TB)
    • Torrents
    • Security Cameras recordings
    • Proxmox backups

Apps installed:

  • Syncthing installed through the QPKG Store. It is a continuous file synchronization program. It synchronizes files between two or more computers in real time, safely protected from prying eyes.

Off-site backups:

  • To Wasabi (S3-like) for all important data.
  • Also a real-time sync with Google Drive for my daily Syncthing directory for convenience, but that's something I'm aiming to remove in the near future since I haven't used Google Drive for ages.


  • Model: TS-431P
  • CPU: ARM Cortex-A15 CPU @ 1.70GHz
  • RAM: 1GB DDR3
  • Disks:
    • 2x 4TB RAID 1, Encrypted
    • 2x 12TB RAID 1, Non Encrypted


  • QNAP: $245 from Amazon in June 2018
  • 2x 4TB disks: 205$ from Amazon in March 2022 as one of the old drive started to fail S.M.A.R.T. tests.
  • 2x 12TB disks: $575 from BestBuy in February 2021, shucked from WD easystore 12TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive (WDBAMA0120HBK-NESN)

Ubiquiti APs

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Wi-Fi 6 was an upgrade I was looking forward to and I was not disappointed! One LR AP seems enough for the house. We also have one AP in the shed in repeater/mesh mode as I'm planning to eventually have a smart 240v plug in there to remotely turn on/off the heat.


  • AP 6 Long-Range: $250 in January 2022
  • 3x AP AC Lite:
    • 1x $137 in April 2018
    • 1x $118 in June 2019
    • 1x $121 in August 2020


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