Raspberry possible use with of sense



  • Do you think this will work for a basic pfsense router?
    RC

    Broadcom BCM2835 700MHz ARM1176JZFS processor with FPU and Videocore 4 GPU

    GPU provides Open GL ES 2.0, hardware-accelerated OpenVG, and 1080p30 H.264 high-profile decode

    GPU is capable of 1Gpixel/s, 1.5Gtexel/s or 24GFLOPs with texture filtering and DMA infrastructure

    512 MB RAM

    Boots from SD card, running the Fedora version of Linux

    10/100 BaseT Ethernet ports

    HDMI socket

    (2) USB 2.0 socket

    RCA video socket

    SD card socket

    Powered from microUSB socket

    3.5 mm audio out jack

    Header footprint for camera connection



  • @fastcon68:

    Do you think this will work for a basic pfsense router?
    RC

    Broadcom BCM2835 700MHz ARM1176JZFS processor with FPU and Videocore 4 GPU

    No, not without some work because pfSense has not been ported to any ARM CPU, let alone that particular one.



  • Thanks
    RC


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    If FreeBSD's ARM support picks it up, and we can actually get things to compile on it, maybe. That's a big maybe. More like a probably not.

    We've tried other architectures before (MIPS, for one) and it wasn't pretty. I'm sure we'll try again, hopefully improvements in cross-compiling over the years make it more feasible. Last time to took days to build something only to find out it didn't work because we had to compile things natively.



  • Even if pFsense runs on ARM the RaspberryPi is not exactly a good option.

    I uses a single 10/100 USB Nic and the CPU is not powerful enough to replace an ALIX board.


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    Also very true. We've had a couple in-depth threads about the Pi before.

    It's a wonderful device, but a firewall isn't one of its ideal roles.



  • I'm using one of my Raspberry Pi's as an live-monitoring tool for the pfsense box. I just log in through SSH and using iftop to monitor the traffic real-time. Pretty nice if you have an extra monitor just standing around.


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    @Kr^PacMan:

    I'm using one of my Raspberry Pi's as an live-monitoring tool for the pfsense box. I just log in through SSH and using iftop to monitor the traffic real-time. Pretty nice if you have an extra monitor just standing around.

    Yeah those kinds of setups are great, ideally suited for that sort of task. There is also the recent release of a new BeagleBone that looks interesting. I can't quite tell from a quick scan of the specs if the ethernet on that is wired through the USB but at a glance it doesn't look like it. That may prove to be a more promising target in that sort of market, if one were to exist.


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