This is one that we have had in the queue for some time. We decided that this one does not need its own video. Today we are going to look at the N5095 version of the 4x 2.5GbE firewall line that we reviewed previously on STH. We are going to keep this shorter since we are going to focus more on the changes between this and the other units we have reviewed in this series.
Topton Intel N5095 4x 2.5GbE Firewall Overview
If you want to see the previous ones in this series, check out the N6005 version here.
Both Patrick and I have ours and they have been running, but there are many quirks to the N6005 ones that you can find in this mega-thread. There are also the Intel Celeron N5105 4x 2.5GbE options we reviewed. The video for that is here.
The N5095 units have become hard to find as these go through new revisions constantly. Perhaps that makes sense. From our N6005 review, our ranking guidance is:
And in this review, we are going to see why. The barebones N5095 unit was $219 versus $228 for the N5105. The AliExpress listing we purchased this from has already changed.
That is not bad for a 4x 2.5GbE machine with a processor installed. At the same time, one still needs to add RAM and a SSD or 2.5″ drive to get a system that is really usable so the cost is more. It is not quite the Netgate 4100 cost, but for a firewall, it also does not have pfSense+ installed.
For the quick answer on why this was far from our favorite, the primary reason is just the power consumption and pricing compared to the N5105. From the perspective of looking at new models, we think this would inform our decisions on N5105 v. N5095 more generally.
Let us get to the hardware and see why this is our lowest-rated version in the trio of options.