Successful full install on Symantec GS 1660

  • Thought I might throw this in.

    You will need a PCI video card, USB keyboard, USB CDROM.  Default bootup is from the harddrive and console port is set to 115200 8 N 1.  You can alter the settings within the BIOS.  The hardware is VIA 1.33Mhz cpu, 40GB WD HD, 768MB Memory, 5 10/100/1000 intel NICs.  I purchased this from ebay and the seller was nice enough toinstall PFS Ver1.2.2 and upgrade it to Ver1.2.3RC1 dtd 7Apr09 prior to shipping to Balad Air Base in IRAQ.  When I received it I reinstall PFS to ensure I can do it (yea, he also sent a very nice print out of the instructions on "How to install") and All went well.  The install has PFS Ver1.2.3RC1 dtd 25APR09.  Dual WAN enabled with Snort, Dashboard, phpsysinfo, bandwidthD and Notes packages installed.  See below.

    Hardware Information
    Processors 1
    Model VIA Nehemiah
    CPU Speed 1.33 GHz
    PCI Devices

    • atapci0: VIA 8235 UDMA133 controller
    • em0: Intel(R) PRO/1000 Network Connection 6.9.6
    • em1: Intel(R) PRO/1000 Network Connection 6.9.6
    • em2: Intel(R) PRO/1000 Network Connection 6.9.6
    • em3: Intel(R) PRO/1000 Network Connection 6.9.6
    • em4: Intel(R) PRO/1000 Network Connection 6.9.6
    • isab0: PCI-ISA bridge
    • pcib1: ACPI PCI-PCI bridge
    • uhci0: VIA 83C572 USB controller
    • uhci1: VIA 83C572 USB controller
    • uhci2: VIA 83C572 USB controller
    • vgapci0: VGA-compatible display
      IDE Devices
    • ad0: Seagate ST340014A 8.54 (Capacity: 39.10 GB)
      Memory Usage
      Type Percent Capacity Free Used Size
      Physical Memory   28% 544.36 MB 210.93 MB 755.29 MB
    • Kernel + applications   15%   113.94 MB
    • Buffers   13%   95.59 MB
    • Cached   0%   1.40 MB
      Disk Swap   0% 2.00 GB 0.00 KB 2.00 GB

    All in all, it is a very nice buy.  I am please with the unit, but more so with pfsense.  Thanks to the development team for a great project/product and to the members of the forum for all the knowledge and lastly to the seller of the unit on ebay. (total cost including S/H <$250).  To some that might be a bit much, but for the 1U size (rackmountable) and number NICs, it was worth it.  Wondering if I can add more RAM?

    Now I am researching to try if a Cacheflow ca626 GSOS (should be here within the week) & (also bought from Ebay for <$170 including S/H) and PFS Ver1.2.3 will work together in a dual wan configuration with loadbalance enabled with Traffic Priortization.  If not then, I will upgrade the 1660 to PFS Ver2.0 ALPHA ALPHA (first I will uninstall all the packages prior to Ver2.0).

    Thanks again everybody:)

  • Just in case some ask, here is the dmesg output.  And I will change the my signature shortly:)

    dmesg -a

    Copyright © 1992-2009 The FreeBSD Project.
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    FreeBSD is a registered trademark of The FreeBSD Foundation.
    FreeBSD 7.1-RELEASE-p5 #0: Sat Apr 25 03:41:46 EDT 2009
    Timecounter "i8254" frequency 1193182 Hz quality 0
    CPU: VIA Nehemiah (1326.84-MHz 686-class CPU)
      Origin = "CentaurHauls"  Id = 0x698  Stepping = 8
      Features=0x381b03f <fpu,vme,de,pse,tsc,msr,mtrr,pge,cmov,pat,mmx,fxsr,sse>VIA Padlock Features=0xdd <rng,aes>real memory  = 805109760 (767 MB)
    avail memory = 774082560 (738 MB)
    wlan: mac acl policy registered
    cryptosoft0: <software crypto="">on motherboard</software>  -  Is this being used? :D
    acpi0: <a m="" i="" oemrsdt="">on motherboard
    acpi0: [ITHREAD]
    acpi0: Power Button (fixed)
    acpi0: reservation of 0, a0000 (3) failed
    acpi0: reservation of 100000, 2ff00000 (3) failed
    Timecounter "ACPI-fast" frequency 3579545 Hz quality 1000
    acpi_timer0: <24-bit timer at 3.579545MHz> port 0x808-0x80b on acpi0
    pcib0: <acpi host-pci="" bridge="">port 0xcf8-0xcff on acpi0
    pci0: <acpi pci="" bus="">on pcib0
    pcib1: <acpi pci-pci="" bridge="">at device 1.0 on pci0
    pci1: <acpi pci="" bus="">on pcib1
    vgapci0: <vga-compatible display="">mem 0xd8000000-0xdbffffff,0xde000000-0xdeffffff irq 10 at device 0.0 on pci1
    ubsec0 mem 0xdfff0000-0xdfffffff irq 11 at device 6.0 on pci0
    ubsec0: [ITHREAD]
    ubsec0: Broadcom 5823
    em0: <intel(r) 1000="" pro="" network="" connection="" 6.9.6="">port 0xdc00-0xdc3f mem 0xdffc0000-0xdffdffff,0xdffa0000-0xdffbffff irq 5 at device 7.0 on pci0
    em0: [FILTER]
    em0: Ethernet address: 00:d0:68:0e:16:9d
    em1: <intel(r) 1000="" pro="" network="" connection="" 6.9.6="">port 0xd880-0xd8bf mem 0xdff60000-0xdff7ffff irq 15 at device 8.0 on pci0
    em1: [FILTER]
    em1: Ethernet address: 00:d0:68:0e:16:9e
    em2: <intel(r) 1000="" pro="" network="" connection="" 6.9.6="">port 0xd800-0xd83f mem 0xdff40000-0xdff5ffff irq 10 at device 9.0 on pci0
    em2: [FILTER]
    em2: Ethernet address: 00:d0:68:0e:16:9f
    em3: <intel(r) 1000="" pro="" network="" connection="" 6.9.6="">port 0xd480-0xd4bf mem 0xdff20000-0xdff3ffff irq 11 at device 10.0 on pci0
    em3: [FILTER]
    em3: Ethernet address: 00:d0:68:0e:16:a0
    em4: <intel(r) 1000="" pro="" network="" connection="" 6.9.6="">port 0xd400-0xd43f mem 0xdff00000-0xdff1ffff irq 5 at device 11.0 on pci0
    em4: [FILTER]
    em4: Ethernet address: 00:d0:68:0e:16:a1
    uhci0: <via 83c572="" usb="" controller="">port 0xd080-0xd09f irq 10 at device 16.0 on pci0
    uhci0: [GIANT-LOCKED]
    uhci0: [ITHREAD]
    usb0: <via 83c572="" usb="" controller="">on uhci0
    usb0: USB revision 1.0
    uhub0: <via 1="" 9="" uhci="" root="" hub,="" class="" 0,="" rev="" 1.00="" 1.00,="" addr="">on usb0
    uhub0: 2 ports with 2 removable, self powered
    uhci1: <via 83c572="" usb="" controller="">port 0xd000-0xd01f irq 11 at device 16.1 on pci0
    uhci1: [GIANT-LOCKED]
    uhci1: [ITHREAD]
    usb1: <via 83c572="" usb="" controller="">on uhci1
    usb1: USB revision 1.0
    uhub1: <via 1="" 9="" uhci="" root="" hub,="" class="" 0,="" rev="" 1.00="" 1.00,="" addr="">on usb1
    uhub1: 2 ports with 2 removable, self powered
    uhci2: <via 83c572="" usb="" controller="">port 0xcc00-0xcc1f irq 5 at device 16.2 on pci0
    uhci2: [GIANT-LOCKED]
    uhci2: [ITHREAD]
    usb2: <via 83c572="" usb="" controller="">on uhci2
    usb2: USB revision 1.0
    uhub2: <via 1="" 9="" uhci="" root="" hub,="" class="" 0,="" rev="" 1.00="" 1.00,="" addr="">on usb2
    uhub2: 2 ports with 2 removable, self powered
    isab0: <pci-isa bridge="">at device 17.0 on pci0
    isa0: <isa bus="">on isab0
    atapci0: <via 8235="" udma133="" controller="">port 0x1f0-0x1f7,0x3f6,0x170-0x177,0x376,0xfc00-0xfc0f at device 17.1 on pci0
    ata0: <ata 0="" channel="">on atapci0
    ata0: [ITHREAD]
    ata1: <ata 1="" channel="">on atapci0
    ata1: [ITHREAD]
    acpi_button0: <sleep button="">on acpi0
    acpi_button1: <power button="">on acpi0
    speaker0: <pc speaker="">port 0x61 on acpi0
    sio0: <16550A-compatible COM port> port 0x3f8-0x3ff irq 4 flags 0x10 on acpi0
    sio0: type 16550A, console
    sio0: [FILTER]
    cpu0: <acpi cpu="">on acpi0
    acpi_throttle0: <acpi cpu="" throttling="">on cpu0
    orm0: <isa option="" roms="">at iomem 0xc8000-0xc8fff,0xc9000-0xc9fff pnpid ORM0000 on isa0
    ppc0: parallel port not found.
    sio1: configured irq 3 not in bitmap of probed irqs 0
    sio1: port may not be enabled
    Timecounter "TSC" frequency 1326835196 Hz quality 800
    Timecounters tick every 10.000 msec
    IPsec: Initialized Security Association Processing.
    ad0: 38166MB <seagate st340014a="" 8.54="">at ata0-master UDMA100
    Trying to mount root from ufs:/dev/ad0s1a

    / f \
    / p \
    / Sense
    \/  \

    Welcome to pfSense 1.2.3-RC1…

    Mounting filesystems...
    Creating symlinks...
    Launching PHP init system...
    Starting device manager (devd)...
    Loading configuration...
    Updating configuration...
    Cleaning backup cache...
    Setting up extended sysctls...
    Syncing user passwords...
    Starting Secure Shell Services...
    Setting timezone...
    Starting syslog...
    Configuring LAN interface...
    Configuring WAN interface...
    em1: link state changed to UP
    em1: link state changed to DOWN
    Configuring OPT interfaces...
    em2: link state changed to UP
    em2: link state changed to DOWN
    Configuring CARP interfaces...
    Starting OpenNTP time client...
    pflog0: promiscuous mode enabled
    em1: link state changed to UP
    em2: link state changed to UP
    Configuring firewall...
    Starting webConfigurator...
    Starting DHCP service...
    Starting DNS forwarder...
    Setting up microcode and tx/rx offloading...
    Starting FTP helpers...
    Final filter pass...
    Generating RRD graphs...
    Starting DHCP service...
    Starting CRON...
    Syncing packages:
    em0: promiscuous mode enabled
    Executing rc.d items...
    Starting /usr/local/etc/rc.d/
    Starting /usr/local/etc/rc.d/
    appending output to nohup.out
    Bootup complete

    Whew, that alot of typing.....</seagate></isa></acpi></acpi></pc></power></sleep></ata></ata></via></isa></pci-isa></via></via></via></via></via></via></via></via></via></intel(r)></intel(r)></intel(r)></intel(r)></intel(r)></vga-compatible></acpi></acpi></acpi></acpi></a></rng,aes></fpu,vme,de,pse,tsc,msr,mtrr,pge,cmov,pat,mmx,fxsr,sse>

  • cryptosoft0: <software crypto="">on motherboard  -  Is this being used?</software>
    Looks like there is a broadcom crypto chip on the board.
    ubsec0 mem 0xdfff0000-0xdfffffff irq 11 at device 6.0 on pci0
    ubsec0: [ITHREAD]
    ubsec0: Broadcom 5823

    The 5823 should help when doing 3DES or AES.

  • Great article! After read you post, I also plan to modify a GS 1620 (GS 1660’s little brother) to pfsense. However, I don’t have any inside detail of this product but I think that may be quite similar to GS1660. For the PCI vga card, where can I put it? In fact, in my planning, if it is possible, I will directly take out the harddisk and install the pfsense in it and put it back again. Can the harddisk be taken out ?

  • so you got your SGS 1660 from the same ebay seller i did.. hes a awesome guy…

    i was the original buyer of the first one that had PFSense loaded on it.. i have a
    total of 4 of the boxes... i asked him if he could try pfsense and send me the dmesg
    of it.

    there are extra headers on the motherboard for the ps/2 keyboard and mouse
    as well as the VGA header to connect to a monitor as well.

    the chipset  max's out at 2G.. i got 1G in my box 2x1G dimms works great in this box.

    i have the docs here on motherboard info.

    my box's have been ROCK solid.

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