Small circuit board with three Gigabit network chips



  • Hi

    I would like to create a firewall hardware with pfSense 2.0.1 64-bit.

    I can not find a small circuit board, compatible with this software, that have three Gigabit network chips so that I can connect a switch to a port and use the other two as WAN ports.

    Thanks

    Bye



  • Depending on your traffic patterns and link bandwidths you might be able to use a single gigabit port, configure VLANs and use a VLAN capable switch to act as a port multiplier.

    Does mini-ITX (170mm X 170mm) qualify as "a small circuit board"? If so, there is a considerable number of boards with one gigabit interface and some with two or more gigabit interfaces. I believe SuperMicro have a mini-ITX board with four gigabit interfaces.



  • @wallabybob:

    Depending on your traffic patterns and link bandwidths you might be able to use a single gigabit port, configure VLANs and use a VLAN capable switch to act as a port multiplier.

    Does mini-ITX (170mm X 170mm) qualify as "a small circuit board"? If so, there is a considerable number of boards with one gigabit interface and some with two or more gigabit interfaces. I believe SuperMicro have a mini-ITX board with four gigabit interfaces.

    Instead, I was looking for some electronic cards similar to those used by the commercial firewall hardware.

    Thanks

    Bye



  • IMHO: Real hardware firewall's are rack sized at minimum, so do you mean something D-Link DI-604 sized thingy which call's itself as firewall?


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    A Lanner box or a Soekris net6501 might be one of the smallest you can get your hands on that have more than 2 usable Gigabit ports.



  • If I purchase this product http://soekris.com/products/net6501/net6501-70-board-case.html , I could install and configure the pfSense 2.0.1 64 bit?

    You can give me some other brand that does this type of product?

    Thanks

    Bye


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    I use a net6501 at home, and it works really well. I'm not sure if the amd64 version would install there, it might, but even so it wouldn't offer you any real benefits over i386.



  • @jimp:

    I use a net6501 at home, and it works really well. I'm not sure if the amd64 version would install there, it might, but even so it wouldn't offer you any real benefits over i386.

    The Atom E6xx chips are not considered by Intel to be 64-bit-capable, but oddly enough a features dump shows 64-bit support and the 64-bit version of FreeBSD boots.  There's got to be a reason why Intel says they aren't capable though so I'm not running a 64-bit install.  Maybe they're binned or something and some of them have bad registers, no idea.



  • @jimp:

    I use a net6501 at home, and it works really well.

    Nice! Which one exactly are you using? -30/50/70? Did you measure the throughput (Routing/NAT/with Queueing) and care to share it?
    Are you using a fanless case and does it get hot?
    I'm asking because I'm using a Lanner FW 7530B and you can keep your coffee steaming and hot on that one….


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    I have the -50. I don't have enough WAN bandwidth do to anything that would push the box hard enough to give a proper throughput test, but it handles what I have (13 Mbit/s between two WANs) without breaking a sweat.

    It has no fan in the case, and so far anyhow it hasn't been terribly hot. Then again it's sitting practically in the path of the A/C output behind my desk. :-)
    Some have had thermal concerns but you can mount a little case fan in there if you want and it's fine that way.



  • If I purchase this http://www.intellinet-network.com/en-US/products/6843-16-port-gigabit-web-smart-switch or http://www.intellinet-network.com/en-US/products/7410-16-port-gigabit-ethernet-rackmount-switch product, I could install and configure the pfSense 2.0.1 64 bit with 14 LAN and 2 WAN ports?

    Thanks

    Bye



  • You posted links with two swiches, you can't apply/install pfsense on those.
    See link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network_switch



  • @jimp:

    I have the -50. I don't have enough WAN bandwidth do to anything that would push the box hard enough to give a proper throughput test, but it handles what I have (13 Mbit/s between two WANs) without breaking a sweat.

    It has no fan in the case, and so far anyhow it hasn't been terribly hot. Then again it's sitting practically in the path of the A/C output behind my desk. :-)
    Some have had thermal concerns but you can mount a little case fan in there if you want and it's fine that way.

    Stacking (4) BGA ramsinks on top of the aluminum "heatsink" also helps.


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