ODROID-XU4........Go or no Go

  • Hello all,
    I am in search of advise I just came across this single board computer and was wondering if this might be a good choice to replace my 15 year old desktop running pfSense. They are cheep and I'm broke. I'm not seeing any reason it wont run it but I'm not sure so that's why I'm asking. If it will run pfsense does it make sense? Are there thing I should look out for that might be issue causing? Thanks for taking the time to read this and I really appreciate any responses they will help achieve my daily goal to just simply get smarter every day

    is powered by ARM® big.LITTLE™ technology, the Heterogeneous Multi-Processing (HMP) solution.

    ODROID-XU4 is a new generation of computing device with more powerful, more energy-efficient hardware and a smaller form factor. Offering open source support, the board can run various flavors of Linux, including the latest Ubuntu 16.04 and Android 4.4 KitKat, 5.0 Lollipop and 7.1 Nougat.
    By implementing the eMMC 5.0, USB 3.0 and Gigabit Ethernet interfaces, the ODROID-XU4 boasts amazing data transfer speeds, a feature that is increasingly required to support advanced processing power on ARM devices.
    This allows users to truly experience an upgrade in computing, especially with faster booting, web browsing, networking, and 3D games.

    • Samsung Exynos5422 Cortex™-A15 2Ghz and Cortex™-A7 Octa core CPUs
    • Mali-T628 MP6(OpenGL ES 3.1/2.0/1.1 and OpenCL 1.2 Full profile)
    • 2Gbyte LPDDR3 RAM PoP stacked
    • eMMC5.0 HS400 Flash Storage
    • 2 x USB 3.0 Host, 1 x USB 2.0 Host
    • Gigabit Ethernet port
    • HDMI 1.4a for display
    • Size : 83 x 58 x 20 mm approx.(excluding cooler)
    • Power: 5V/4A input
    • Linux Kernel 4.14 LTS
    • We guarantee the production of XU4 to year 2021, but expect to continue production long after.


  • @Toddy No go.

    Currently the only way to get pfSense running on ARM is on Netgate's own hardware (SG 1000/1100/2100/3100).

  • @bigsy thank you for letting me know. I am going to research what an ARM is I come across that term often. I'm never running one thus haven't really needed to understand the nomenclature. I think i'll still get the board just find another use for it.

  • Netgate Administrator

    Yes, pfSense for random hardware is X86-64 only.

    Building images for ARM requires significant customisation / development effort for every board.


  • @stephenw10 Thanks for the links that's some deep stuff. A bit too granular on that topic for me however I was able to takeaway the basics which is very interesting. I have my hands in so many jars this kind of info can bog me down for the simple fact of wanting to learn all about it and then realizing I don't really have a need or use for the level of understanding I achieved.

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