Fanless hardware with minimum 4 ethernet ports



  • Hi.

    I need to upgrade with more ethernet ports.

    2 x WAN
    1 x DMZ
    1 x Internal

    5 ports would be good for possible firewall failover.

    What hardware are people using for this type of situation and where are the deals in the USA ?

    Thanks…Martin



  • The FabiaTech range FX5620/FX5621.  You'll find a number of posts about the range on the forum.



  • I checked the forum previously.  They came out a couple of years ago.

    They don't seem to be available in the USA and the forum users seem to think there are issues with the NIC's.

    Anything else that people actually use with good throughput as I will also need to add VPN's and multi-phone VOIP in the near future ?



  • The FX5620 is the old one, but the FX5621 and others in the range (like the FX5622) have better onboard NICs.  I have no trouble maxing out my 20 Mb/s link, and my FX5620 looks like it'll max out about 40-50 Mb/s.

    That they're a couple of years old doesn't make them useless ;)



  • So where did you get it in the USA  ;- )



  • Darned if I know, I live elsewhere ;)



  • What about a Soekris box with a PCI card?
    http://www.soekris.com/net5501.htm



  • If you were prepared to use a VLAN capable switch you could have a single physical interface supporting five (or more) VLAN interfaces and you would then have the possibility of using a fanless mini-ITX motherboard.

    Examples of low end VLAN capable switches include Linksys SLM2008 (8 Gigabit ports) and HP Procurve 1700-8 (1 Gigabit port, 7 10/100 ports). I suspect you could get a low end VLAN capable switch for a similar price to a 4-port PCI card.



  • So you really think that 2 x WAN's will work on a vlan..really,,,



  • @marrandy:

    So you really think that 2 x WAN's will work on a vlan..really,,,

    I don't think 2 WAN's are likely to work on a single VLAN. But why not two WANs on two VLANs? The VLAN capable switch could be configured to have two distinct "WAN" ports corresponding to the two "WAN" VLANs on the single physical link to the pfSense box.



  • contact info for FabiaTech in states

    Abia Technology
    4835 Linaro Drive Cypress CA. 90630 
    USA 
    +1-714-821-8762 
    +1-714-952-3306 
    abiatech@sbcglobal.net 
    http://www.abiatech.com



  • Use an ALIX 2D3 with 3 NICs with one NIC for each WAN port, then plug your LAN port into a VLAN switch and use VLANs for all your local area networks.



  • @marrandy:

    @covex:

    contact info for FabiaTech in states

    Abia Technology
    4835 Linaro Drive Cypress CA. 90630  
    USA  
    +1-714-821-8762  
    +1-714-952-3306  
    abiatech@sbcglobal.net  
    http://www.abiatech.com

    http://www.fabiatech.com

    They haven't fixed that error yet.  They haven't responded yet.

    I like the VLAN idea though.  Will look into it…thanks.



  • If you just want to set up a simple router, then you dont need a LOT of hardware juice.
    When you say fanless, I assume you say that because you want it SILENT>

    An AMD Fusion PC is virtually silent (have to listen really hard I hear). You could add cards….

    I dunno lol. When it comes to things like these, I dont get pre-bundled stuff, I build my own.

    A dirt cheap PIII With a Big huge heatsink, and underclock it.
    Then get a 120MM fan, and run it on the 5v line...

    Quiet as ever.
    Would you consider building a system yourself for this purpose?



  • I recently bought a Lanner FW-7520 (http://www.lannerinc.com/Network_Application_Platforms/x86_Network_Appliance/Desktop-Fanless_Appliances/FW-7520) for my house.  I've been doing a remodel and decided to pull cat-6 everywhere along with a plenum mounted 802.11n AP.  I was mainly looking for something with gigabit ports and enough CPU to push the data through.  It boots the 1.2.3-RC2 embedded images just fine and appears to be able to handle 30MB/s from wireless to wired with a fair number of pf rules enabled.  The only disadvantage so far is that my application puts the machine inside an in-wall cabinet that gets closed and so no air is running over the massive heatsink (or should I call it the case?).  In this situation, it gets quite hot to the touch, but appears to be running fine.  I haven't been able to figure out how to retrieve the CPU temperature or enable CPU frequency stepping, so I don't know a) if this is a problem or b) if it can be mitigated easily.



  • @kc8apf:

    I recently bought a Lanner FW-7520 for my house.

    Which version did you choose: 600MHz or 1GHz and how much did it cost?



  • @jahonix:

    @kc8apf:

    I recently bought a Lanner FW-7520 for my house.

    Which version did you choose: 600MHz or 1GHz and how much did it cost?

    There are actually 3 versions:

    FW-7520A - 600Mhz Celeron M
    FW-7520B - 1Ghz Celeron M with no cache
    FW-7520C - 1Ghz Celeron M with cache

    I bought the FW-7520B directly from Lanner USA.  The cost as of March 29, 2009 was $430 + tax + S/H.  I had tried to get the FW-7520C originally, but it wasn't immediately available.  Being an OEM device, they wanted to sell to me in quantity and give me a price break.  I told them it was for a custom application and they happily sold me quantity 1.


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