Pfsenes on SUPERMICRO SYS-5015A-H?



  • I was currently looking at this supermicro barebones 1U setup I found at
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816101262

    I mainly was curious if anyone has any experience with these boards with the Intel Atom 330 Dual-Core interms of performance and if it can keep up as well as if it is compatible with Pfsense. I plan to setup at least minimum 2 vlans, with about 25 computers and possibly a VPN connection to our remote site.. which really only has 1 staff computer so the VPN connection isnt that intense interms of clients using it.

    Any insight on this would be great, or even other suggestions if this turns out not to be powerful enough.



  • couple of things you need to tell us

    What's the speed of your internet connection?

    The 1 person at the remote site-any idea of how much data that one person is transferring to/from the main office?

    The realtek nics always get a bad review here. if you're not pushing around too much data then realteks may be okay.

    If you've got a big pipe to the internet then consider something with Intel Nics.Supermicro sells a MB that has 2 Intel Nics. Model # X7SPA-H I believe this board will fit into a similar type chassis found at Newegg

    There's a thread about it just below this one.



  • Ah yes my mistake. Both locations have a 5Mb Fibre optic connection to the internet.

    The remote site wont be doing anything intense other than accessing our internal file server to get access to our word documents, so I dont have specific numbers for that, but I would assume that wouldnt be a lot of transfer to/from for some simple document access from our internal fileserver.

    upon further searching of the message board and the pfsense website I noticed some recommendations for
    http://www.hacom.net//catalog/network-appliances/pfsense , more specifically their Phoenix / Mercury versions; which may even be better since these are complete solutions and the cost seems reasonable as well. Any opinions of the Hacom appliances? Although I just noticed they too have realtek Nics….



  • there is another thread about this Supermicro 1u server.
    Quick Spec's
    Key Features
    1. Intel® Atom™ D510
        (DMI)
    2. Up to 4GB single channel unbuffered,
        non-ECC DDR2 667MHz SO-DIMM
    3. 2x Intel 82574L Gigabit LAN
    4. Onboard GMA3150 Video
    5. 1x 3.5" or Up to 2x 2.5" Internal Drives
    6. 200W Power Supply

    http://www.supermicro.com/products/system/1U/5015/SYS-5015A-PHF.cfm

    http://forum.pfsense.org/index.php/topic,21981.0.html



  • Okay cool, thanks for the heads up on this other Supermicro board.



  • These work fine. This has been discussed in other threads already.  I have one running an internet connection to my house right now actually.



  • I have one of these running 1.2.3-RELEASE. It did become unresponsive after about 24 hours of boot. I think the Realtek interfaces are to blame. I disabled TSO (hardware offload) on the advanced page and it's been running without issue since.



  • @bolerodan:

    upon further searching of the message board and the pfsense website I noticed some recommendations for
    http://www.hacom.net//catalog/network-appliances/pfsense , more specifically their Phoenix / Mercury versions; which may even be better since these are complete solutions and the cost seems reasonable as well. Any opinions of the Hacom appliances? Although I just noticed they too have realtek Nics….

    Some of the Hacom units have the Intel Atom and Intel NIC's.  These would be preferable over their offerings that have a VIA processor and/or Realtek NIC's.  Check which is which before ordering.

    http://www.hacom.net/catalog/embedded/3i270d


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    @bolerodan:

    I was currently looking at this supermicro barebones 1U setup I found at
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816101262

    I mainly was curious if anyone has any experience with these boards with the Intel Atom 330 Dual-Core interms of performance and if it can keep up as well as if it is compatible with Pfsense. I plan to setup at least minimum 2 vlans, with about 25 computers and possibly a VPN connection to our remote site.. which really only has 1 staff computer so the VPN connection isnt that intense interms of clients using it.

    Any insight on this would be great, or even other suggestions if this turns out not to be powerful enough.

    Those Atom 330's from Supermicro are great. I have several of them in the field and they have worked very well. Some people have had concerns about the Realtek network cards in them, but I haven't had a single problem. It should more than handle that load, even with some packages running.



  • Awesome, thanks a lot for the feed back jimp. I'm looking forward to getting my hands on these SuperMicro boards.



  • I recently picked one of these up after my mini-box died.The machine itself so far seems great. I am having one software issue though.

    It looks like dhclient has a tough time getting a lease from my Zoom cable modem. This is not a problem with any other machine. It does work sometime but it seems very inconsistent. Even when it does work, if cable goes down and a new IP has to be assigned, I see the interface start bouncing down/up and these log entries appear:

    dhclient re0

    re0: no link …. got link
    dhclient: netstat
    dhclient: PREINIT
    DHCPREQUEST on re0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67
    DHCPREQUEST on re0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67
    ip length 328 disagrees with bytes received 332.
    accepting packet with data after udp payload.
    ip length 328 disagrees with bytes received 332.
    accepting packet with data after udp payload.
    ip length 328 disagrees with bytes received 332.
    accepting packet with data after udp payload.
    DHCPACK from 192.168.100.1

    I'm running 2.0-alpha from October. Should I try upgrading or is this just a bug with the re driver?

    Thanks!


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    October is extremely old for a snapshot. There have been countless changes to the base OS since then (it's tracking FreeBSD 8-STABLE) so if there was a bug the likelihood of it being fixed since that time is very high. Try to upgrade and see if the problem disappears.



  • I'll give an upgrade  a shot.

    Auto-update is telling me: The image file is corrupt.

    What update URL should I be using? Looks like I'm using FreeBSD 7.2-RELEASE-p3. How worried should I be about auto-upgrading to 8.1?





  • Yaay! Upgrade to Fbsd 8.0 seems to have fixed my dhcp problems with the Realtek 8111c controllers. THANKS!!!



  • edit ignore, my question was answered


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