Old/retiring pfsense hardware sought…



  • Hello,

    I am building a business but we don't have a solid enough income stream to use something like aws.  I would very much like to find some hardware capable of running pfsense.  For instance: my day job we have two lanner fw-7541 devices.  I love these things.

    My thought is to ping you guys and see if anyone is retiring/replacing older pfsense hardware that I can acquire before they go to the scrap heap.

    So here's my requested criteria:

    1. 64-bit capable (assuming x64 hardware)
    2. at least 2 gig ram
    3. at least 4 gig storage
    4. at least 2 ethernet ports, (capable of 100mbps, would be very happy with gigabit ethernet

    Would like to have:
    a) small form-factor, embedded preferred (no fans, solid state, etc…)
    b) a sata port and enough power to drive a 2.5 inch hard drive.
    c) upgradable ram...
    d) aes-ni cpu crypto
    e) capable of running pfsense 2.4+

    Please contact me

    I don't have a budget yet.



  • Ebay might be your best bet.  I don't know what the Netgate folks opinion is of people selling used equipment on their forums, taking away potential new sales.  And even if they did not mind, you would find that it's mainly folks dumping their old gear in prep for pfSense 2.5 which will require AES-NI on the CPU.


  • Banned

    You can buy one of those cheap Chinese industrial boxes for about 250-300 with some ram and a small msata drive, but those in my experience, are worthless if you have a connection faster then say 200-300 mbps. I have a 1Gbps connection and built my own from an old AMD FM2+ A10-8750 cpu and mini itx board.

    AMD A10-9750 (FPU so has built in GPU) http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/Bulldozer/AMD-A10-Series A10-8750.html
    Gigabyte FM2+ A88X Mini ITX board
    8 GB Ram
    60GB OCZ ssd
    Intel 4 NIC PCIe card
    SFX Silverstone 400 watt PSU
    Silverstone ML05 mini itx case
    I had an older cpu cooler that fit and this is nearly silent



  • Well, it's funny how the prices on ebay et al can't really compete with the price of netgate's sg-1000.

    So I am going to close this thread out.

    Thanks for your time!


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