Will This Hardware Work With PFSense?



  • I am looking for a small footprint pfSense box.  Our network consists of about 14 computers inside on the LAN and multiple WAN connections to our database from outside.  We are currently using pfSenese on an old PC (Celeron, 900 mhz - I think).  It is working fine but I need to bring in new hardware.

    Will the following hardware configuration be compatible with pfSense?  Is 256 mb RAM sufficient?

    Thanks,
    Kirk

    • Mainboard:
      Jetway J7F2WE-1G 1GHz
    • Case:
      Morex 5677 Mini-ITX Case - Black
    • Memory:
      DDR2 533 RAM 256MB
    • Hard Disk/Flash:
      Emphase Industrial Flash Disk Module (40-pin) 256MB
    • LAN Ports:
      4 LAN Ports (AD3RTLANP)


  • Looks good to me.



  • How small of a footprint?  the PC Engines Alix board (http://www.pcengines.ch/alix.htm) is about 6x6 inches and it works very well.  It runs off of a CF card though, so you can't run packages without some extra steps.



  • If you're going to be running packages, like Snort and Squid, you're going to have to bump the RAM up to at least a gig.



  • @redbeard:

    It runs off of a CF card though, so you can't run packages without some extra steps.

    In that case you could use a Microdrive instead - that's how mine runs

    @onhel:

    If you're going to be running packages, like Snort and Squid, you're going to have to bump the RAM up to at least a gig.

    With Squid, Nut, Imspector, pfflowd, FreeRadius, dnsmasq, dhcpd, miniupnpd, racoon and OpenVPN all running I've not quite used 256 MB of the 512 MB of RAM I've got installed - Snort's the real memory hog.

    Of course, I'd agree that more memory (and more CPU power) is generally good.


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