PfSense Custom Box Build



  • Hi to all

    I just got myself some hardware to build a custom pfSense box.

    I got the following hardware

    Mobo - Gigabyte GA-E2100N -
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/…?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Case - CiT MTX-007B - https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Apart from that i have 4 gb of ddr3 ram and an hdd.

    All put together and work fine.

    I could not find a good priced mitx mobo with dual nics so i got the above mentioned and tried to use a usb3 gigabit nic adaptor.. I am being told its not a good option.

    i have installed pfsense and all works well even the usb3 nic card but im not sure about it just dont want to risk it.

    This mobo has a standard PCI slot not pcie or pcix... apart from the issue with teh case as it does not have possibility to expand.. I would consider leaving the case top open no problem for that but i could not find a good card.. maybe there are some smaller cards, some converters, risers that i can use to connect a pci card gigabit adopter.

    I can do a custom top for the case to fit in the card no problem this is not the issue i just need some advise to what cards i can fit in these slots if any newer cards will be backwards compatible and so on.

    Thanks in advance


  • Banned

    Unfortunately, this is just not good hardware. Can you return it? If so I highly recommend it. There's way better hardware out there in the same form factor for cheap. I don't know what you paid for that board but a J3355B will blow it out of the water and you can get them for $55 from newegg or amazon. https://forum.pfsense.org/index.php?topic=127793.0

    If you can't or don't want to exchange for better hardware then you get an Intel PRO/1000 MT
    https://www.amazon.com/Intel-PWLA8492MT-PCI-X-Server-Adapter/dp/B00006HX1V

    You can probably find one on eBay for a few bucks, but I haven't looked.