RouterStationPRO



  • Is anyone using pfSense with RouterStationPRO? Is it possible to configure ethernet switch for VLANs?



  • That's a MIPS board, pfSense won't run on it.



  • Based on development wiki (http://devwiki.pfsense.org/RouterStationPRO) I thought it works till some extent, obviously not x86 binaries but MIPS one.


  • Netgate Administrator

    That project is pretty much abandoned for the time being.  :(

    Steve



  • Sad. It looks like FreeBSD can run on this thing(Adrian Chadd uses it for 802.11n testing), so likely I can build pfSense for it. Ultimately I want to use internal on-board Ethernet switch, but if FreeBSD doesn't have driver for it, I doubt that I can create one.


  • Netgate Administrator

    Well I think you'd have a lot of happy users if you managed to build a working image.  ;)

    Steve


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    I have an RS Pro sitting in my desk here unused, the person who was funding this development pulled out, and it was really far too much work to be worth the end result. Getting it on there required a not-too-enjoyable dance of PXE and SD Card fu, and since cross-compiling is unreliable every change requires doing a buildworld and ports run on the RS Pro itself, which can take days.

    But if someone really feels like making it work, it's your time to burn. :-)



  • It doesn't sound too optimistic. ;) What were the problems with cross compile: it didn't compile or compiled but produced wrong binary? Which part kernel? base system? ports?


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    I don't recall the specifics there, I wasn't involved in that bit, I just remember hearing lots and lots of complaints at the time. :-)



  • Of course, if someone could get the cross-compiling to work, this and similar platforms (like the $85 Buffalo WZR-HP-AG300H) might be nice devices for pfSense.



  • WZR-HP-AG300H is nice, but it has only 32mb of flash, so even if cross compile will work, it will be necessary to put root fs on USB or NFS. OpenWRT uses squashFS+JFFS2 overlay, so far I don't see replacement for FreeBSD



  • Yes, it would be necessary to have a USB drive to run on that, but even with the cost of a USB flash drive included, it is the cheapest low-power device suitable for networking applications that meets the RAM requirement for pfSense.  It would be nice to have pfSense working on a platform this cheap and powerful someday. :)  In my tests, a device with a 400 MHz version of that type of CPU can process more traffic through it (in bridged mode; haven't tested any routing) than an Alix when running the same OpenWrt revision on both (only way I could get the same thing on both).

    I don't know about the overlay, but uzip could probably be used as an alternative to squashfs, from what I've heard.  Of course, this probably wouldn't be applicable for pfSense, since you wouldn't be likely to have the root fs on the device's own flash memory.


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