Pfsense on VIA C7 EPIA M700-10E
I hope that someone can give me some answers and good advices about some hardware related question:
I'm a newbie with pfsense and with mini itx related hardware but I want to buy a small box equiped with a via C7 processor on a EPIA M700 10E motherboard.
Specs are : http://www.via.com.tw/en/products/embedded/ProductDetail.jsp?motherboard_id=670
I am pretty sure that PF will runs a this motherboard but:
- I am planning to put a sata disk on it (2.5 inches), is the internal controller will run the sata disk as an ide one? (like an emulation mode). For what I see the sata/IDE controller is a VIA VX800 (http://www.via.com.tw/en/products/chipsets/v-series/vx800/). Does not seems to appear in the HCL of Freebsd 7.0…
- Are the NIC will work also?
Thanks for all the information you will nicely share with me.
The datasheet lists the two gigabit NICs as VIA VT6130. The FreeBSD 7.2 hardware support at http://www.freebsd.org/releases/7.2R/hardware.html doesn't list the VT6130. You'll probably be better off selecting another board if you want to use onboard NICs.If you search the forums for mini-ITX you'll probably some reports of mini-ITX boards with dual gigE NICs that have been demonstrated to work with pfSense.
If you aren't tied to using mini-ITX, there are a few other systems you can use that are fully supported. I've been using a Lanner FW7520 with great success. Other have used the FabiaTech FX5620 or FX5621. Depending on your exact bandwidth and processing needs, a Soekris Engineering system might be a good fit.