Booting from usb cdrom/dvdrom for install? which make/model?
I need to pick up an external CD (preferably DVD) ROM for part of which will be to install pfSense. Anyone using a relatively recent drive that you know works for installing? If so what is the make and model number?
This is more to do with the ability of your motherboard to boot from a USB device. I have a 'working' USB DVD ROM that I picked up off e-bay but I cant say for sure that you router will boot from it.
I don't think it ever had anything to do with bios as it did with the freebsd bootloader. I had 3 different externals that could boot linux livecd's just fine that would not boot the pfSense cd's at the time. This was a LONG time ago, like 4 years maybe? Over the years I thought I'd read that the pfSense team addressed (or freebsd fixed) these issues.
I still thought I would check and at least try to buy make and model that people are actually using rather than roll the dice.
Some time ago I looked the Linux source code for support of USB mass storage devices (e.g. USB HDD adapters, USB optical drive adapters) and noticed a fairly extensive table of devices with "quirks". At the time I was looking, FreeBSD had a similar sort of table but much less extensive.
Experience teaches that not all USB mass storage adapters are equal, so the question is definitly worth asking.
I bought a USB CD-ROM drive on Ebay a couple of years ago. It reports as a Samsung unit though I can't find anything on the outside to identify it as a Samsung unit.. I've successfully booted a couple of different FreeBSD versions with this drive.
I just remembered that I bought my GF a samsung slim dvdrw usb powered along with her eeepc. I'll give that a try and if it works I'll buy another one.