Atom based home router, suggestions?
Based on some friends advice, I've decided to build my own router using pfsense.
I'm planning to use a mini-itx atom based motherboard, then add one Gb NIC and a wifi card so I can use it as a wifi access point.
I've some troubles finding a mini-itx board with a good wifi NIC (atheros based) and one PCI slot to add an additional ethernet NIC.
I'd love to get some suggestions!…
Thanks in advance.
If VLANs are supported on the motherboard NIC (and that is prettty likely nowadays) you could use a VLAN capable switch as a "port multiplier" to get additional ethernet interfaces without using a PCI slot.
Some Ralink USB WiFi chipsets are supported in Access Point mode so you could get WiFI AP mode without using a PCI slot.
The Intel D510MO mini ITX board is passively cooled and has a PCI Express mini card slot as well as the PCI slot. I have no experience with this board.
thanks for your answer, I'll have a look at the Ralink USB option and using my switch as a port multiplier…
I have been working on the exact same project. I ordered a Maxsun MS-D510 board off of ebay (came form hong kong). It has a GB port onboard but it is not intel. I tested it with PFS and it worked fine but you should still consider adding an intel nic to use instead. This board has 2 PCI slots and a PCIe slot. I am going to add a dual port Intel GB PCIe card when I find one cheap. I popped a regular intel 100m card in one of the PCI slots and put a Linksys WMP54G PCI wireless card (its on the accepted hardware list for PFS) in the other PCI slot. I got the WAN, LAN, and DHCP working fine but I have yet to get the wireless working. I don't want to spend the money on the PCIE nic until I get wi-fi sorted out. If I can't then I will just have to add an external WAP. Good luck with your build.