Pfsense on fit-pc: success!



  • I know that not a lot of people have tried this yet, but the fit-pc is just such a perfect platform for pfsense.  I was able, through a lot of trial and error, to get pfsense up and running.

    Bottom line:

    liveCD, pxeboot, physdiskwrite don't work to get it installed on this platform.  You have to remove the hard drive, put it in a desktop machine with a 2.5" to 3.5" ATA adapter, and install to the desktop machine.  You then remove the drive and put it back into the fit-pc.

    I put a few more details on fit-pc's forum here:

    http://fit-pc.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=794#794

    In any event, one thing that this whole process showed me:  pfsense is simply an extraordinary firewall compared to the competition.  When I couldn't get pfsense to install using the liveCD, I figured I'd try some of the others.  I gave Endian, Smoothwall, and IPCop a try.  They aren't even close to the flexibility and ease-of-use of pfsense.

    To the pfsense developers: thank you.  You have done an absolutely fantastic job creating the best firewall on the planet.



  • Are you sure its a good idea to install on one machine, then move the installed drive to another machine (the fit-pc)?

    What if my PC is an Intel, and the fit-pc is an AMD (it is)?  Would I end up with the wrong kernel installed?  I don't know much about BSD, maybe it just uses a generic kerneal that runs on all CPUs???

    I was very interested in using a fit-pc, but not if its a hassle to get installed.



  • @zirconx:

    What if my PC is an Intel, and the fit-pc is an AMD (it is)?  Would I end up with the wrong kernel installed?  I don't know much about BSD, maybe it just uses a generic kerneal that runs on all CPUs???

    Does not matter, they use a generic kernel which runs on just about any half-way recent PC based hardware.


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