Installing PFsense on a VIA EPIA-M- and Compact Flash, no dhcp/access

  • Hi Everyone, I have been fighting installing PFsense on a small ITX appliance I built years ago for another purpose.

    PFsense 1.21
    Via Epia M motherboard, 512mgs DDR, intergrated 10/100 as WAN
    Intel Pro 100 NIC as LAN
    1gb CF card +Adapter

    Embedded image- hacked to allow VGA.

    Now, I got the system to post, load, configure interfaces, and finish the basic install. When I connect my WAN and LAN interfaces, my WAN does NOT get a DHCP address and my LAN gets no DHCP assigned address. Nor can it ping

    If I take this exact config and replace the MB with a Intel MATX/Celeron 1.7, 512mgs and use the CF card, it works. Perfectly.
    I have disabled everything in the VIA bios, updated its bios, tried different NICS (added a riser with 2 Linksys, still nothing.)

    Am I missing something?

    Thanks for the help. I cant wait to get this back up, my linksys enterprise 440n is starting to go out.

  • Is the WAN link up? (Check the LEDs at both ends. Check the interface status from the console by # ifconfig -a or from the WEB GUI by Status -> Interfaces.) If it is not UP consider whether you need a cross over cable or a straight through cable. Do you have the correct cable? (If you are connecting together two things that normally talk through a switch or hub you often need a cross over cable.)

    Check your WAN interface type is DHCP (Interface -> WAN). Check the firewall log (Status -> System Logs, Firewall tab for DHCP packets) - perhaps you have a firewall rule blocking DHCP packets.

  • WAN card shows activity, Web GUI is NOT accessible.

    Setup goes:
    WAN-> Via Onboard -> PFSENSE -> Intel Pro 100 -> Dlink switch -> laptop.

    Even if I give my laptop a static address, I still cant even ping the routers default address.

  • Gave up and used a Celeron 1.7, 256mgs, and a Via board. 3 Intel Pro 100 nics.
    All I did was plug the CF card+adapter into the other system, ran the basic config, and BAM. Works great.

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