What is LanCache?

So you might be thinking, what is LanCache and why should I set this up in my home or business? Well, LanCache is capable of downloading and caching windows updates and games from Epic Games, Blizzard, Frontier, Origin, Playstation, UPlay, Riot Games, Square Enix, Twitch Launcher, and Xbox Live along with other providers that have their own launchers.

Requirements

You may be asking, what are the requirements to run LanCache. Actually not a lot if you’re planning on using it for just your household. If you’re going to be using this in a business environment then the specifications for the machine you plan on using will need to be higher.

On LanCache’s Website they have listed out specifications of machines that other users have made for specific workloads.

High Capacity

“My LAN is in a national expo centre and has 1000s of gamers in a space that trade shows normally used to sell motorhomes or show off cooking utensils. Let’s cache like we mean it.”

  • 24 CPU core,
  • 140GB memory,
  • 8 x Samsung 850 Pro SSD in RAID0
  • Served ~2,800 uniques,
  • peaking at 10Gbps

Medium capacity

“I run the LAN. All my mates come along, in fact i don’t even know some of customers by name. My living room doesn’t hold these people so we found hire a good size venue”

  • 24 CPU core,
  • 96GB memory,
  • 6 x 1TB 15K SAS drives in RAID5,
  • plus 2TB SSD (lvmcache)
  • Served ~250 uniques,
  • peaking at 1.8Gbps

Low capacity

“We have 20 ppl and somewhere to put them we need a name for our LAN. Also known as my housemates all game, lets level up.”

  • 8 CPU core
  • 16GB DDR3
  • 2TB HDD + 512GB SSD LVM Cache.
  • Without the LVM Cache the system will push around 300-400Mbps, with the SSD Cache pushing around 800-900Mbps

Home Hardware

“Me and my < Wife/Husband/Bother/Sister/Extremely well trained cat> both play < insert game >””

Regular commodity hardware (a single 2TB WD Black on an HP Microserver) can achieve peak throughputs of ~240Mbps using this setup (depending on the specific content being served). This would also be suitable for very small LANs (<10 people). For any sort of hosting for LAN sizes above this, it is thoroughly recommended that your storage backend is entirely SSD or NVMe.

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