• Hi guys..  I have just picked myself up a cheap Nokia IP390 for my homelab and have a few questions about how to install pfsense on it.  I plan on buying a small SSD and installing to there.  I just need to know which version to use.

    First off, is this 32 or 64 bit?  Secondly, can someone recommend a brand of working Compact Flash including size?  From there, I assume I just add the NANOBSD image to the CF, boot with console connected and install to the SSD?

  • Hi there

    Don't know anything about Nokias IP390 bittness, but have a look maybe here:


  • Thanks man, appreciate the help.  My IP390 arrived and the setup was dead simple.  For anyone else who might do the same search this is the deal:

    1.  If using 4gb compact flash download pfSense-CE-2.3.1-RELEASE-4g-i386-nanobsd.img.  For 2g use pfSense-CE-2.3.1-RELEASE-2g-i386-nanobsd.img (obviously change for the latest release!).
    2.  Use either win32 Disk Imager or physdiskwrite to write to your cf.  Usually, if you are writing direct compact flash reader physdiskwrite will work but a usb reader will present itself as a usb drive so use win32 Disk Imager instead to avoid errors.  Stick your newly created CF into the IP390.
    3.  Connect the console port to the serial port of your machine and boot, in my case I used the serial port of my r710 and configured esxi to send the physical port to one of my vm images (purely because laptops don't have serials any more).  By default an IP390 will set console as 9600/8/n/1. However, pfsense uses 115200/8/n/1 when it boots.  To ensure your system is booting and passing mem checks set to 9600 then reboot with console set at 115200 to see the menu.  Turns out I bought duff memory, yah!  Back to the stock 1gig for me.
    4.  IP will be for lan as static.  For me this was the second port on my firewall and would have conflicted with my existing router.  Before connecting my lan cable, in the boot option I changed this to an unused IP on my lan as you can later change this in the web gui.  I also didn't enable dhcp for that reason as my existing router handles that.  Once done, setup a ping from another pc to the IP you configured and connect to your ports one by one until it responds, then connect to the IP via HTTP.  From here you can setup as you like.  Et Voila!
    5.  Realise that your IP390 generates heat like no tomorrow and is louder than a mating turtle.  Decide that maybe cheap is not good for home use or open ebay looking for some sort of quieter fans.

  • Final question for anyone who might know.  I can see how I can replace the fans quite easily (there is an 8 pin molex connector (marked MSH 3/2695) connecting the four SAN ACE 40 fans to the PSU.  However, I have heard there is a way to solder a LM7806 voltage regulator to the fan bay, however I haven't got a clue how to do this.  Any ideas?