In January next year I've got the joyful job of setting up a wired network to power a 2 day long gaming LAN with 100+ attendees.
We're going to have a business class Fibre connection (100-200Mbps up/down) which should be perfect for our event. However, we have an extremely tight budget and after some research I've concluded that to run 100 concurrent gamers on such a budget a custom built server running pfSense may be the best I can get to an industrial level router.
Firstly, does anyone have any experience with this (or similar) router for PC software? Specifically in an enterprise environment?
Secondly, if I do go with a desktop/router solution, what sort of NIC will I need? Obviously 10/100/1000, and I'll need at least 2, 1 WAN, 1 LAN. Will I likely be able to use the 10/100/1000 built in card on an average desktop PC? Or will I need to get a higher grade level of NIC (possible models?).
Thanks for any help in advance, I've still got some time to get a quality solution rolling (Still got to organise WiFi for 100 concurrent users, but that's another ball game for now).
tl;dr: Will a pfSense Build be suitable for 100+ concurrent users? What quailty of NIC do I need to run the WAN and LAN ports?