Any thoughts on the Atom processor Mini-ITX for pfsense?
The Atom is supposed to be a lower cost solution. Curious if it would work with pfsense.
Looks like it works with Freebsd. Problem seems to be with the NIC. Uses Realtek RTL8102EL. Got that from an article here: http://portal.itauth.com/2008/06/16/freebsd-intel-atom
Also uses "One PCI Conventional* bus connector"
The NIC is a problem - see this thread (click). Even if it is eventually sorted out, it's still a Realtek 10/100 part. Realtek NICs have a history of not being that good in FreeBSD and aren't ideal for any sort of server load.
I believe the "PCI Conventional" description is saying it's PCI, rather than PCI-Express. If that is the case, you can use any PCI NIC - subject to the necessary space in your case, a riser card if your case needs one, and a suitably large power supply. If you only need one port (as you would if you were using 802.1q VLANs), a cheap Intel desktop Gigabit NIC will get you going, though I'd recommend an Intel server NIC if possible.
Have you considered the new Via Processor yet?
I’m not a big fan of Via but the new “Mini”-processor looks quite decent:
(yes, it does use more power but take a peek at the benchmarks.)