Hardware for a 1Gbit line (tried a gigabyte MoBo with no luck)



  • Hello

    Can anyone suggest a board that should be able to run pfsense? 1Gbit line and 4-500 users. Prefer if it can be in a 1-2 unit box for rack mounting. Else just lay on a shelf in the rack, that is fine too.

    • At least matching our current hardware (Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q9400 @ 2.66GHz)
    • minimum 3 NICs (of these minimum 2 must be Gbit)
    • will be on 24x7 so preferrable also long lasting
    • To day we just boot from a USB stick. Open for suggestion on SSD storage is that is an advantage

    Thanks

    – Background --
    I have tried this board: http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=5087#sp but could not make it work as it is. It has two nics, but only one is intel. And pfsense could only see one nic... so the "not-intel" is probably not available at all. That - off cause - can be fixed with a dual or quad Gbit nic for PICI-e. It actually never made it past th "configuring firewall" sted while booting from a live CD.

    I have now turned the gigabyte board into a fine desktop machine (posting from it right now). In stead of buing different pieces of hardware I much rather piggyback on your experiences. Hope the forum can guide me to hardware that is much more likely to run pfsense than what I have tried to buy so far.



  • I'd go to the pfsense store link and just buy the c2758 based system all ready to roll.  Will easily support your requirements and comes with full support.  http://store.pfsense.org/c2758/

    Or, you can build it yourself using the supermicro barebones system - it is listed a few times in the hardware forum.

    My view is buying it from the store helps the project along and it's still significantly less than the commercial offerings from Cisco, etc.

    John

    @Tillebeck:

    Hello

    Can anyone suggest a board that should be able to run pfsense? 1Gbit line and 4-500 users. Prefer if it can be in a 1-2 unit box for rack mounting. Else just lay on a shelf in the rack, that is fine too.

    • At least matching our current hardware (Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q9400 @ 2.66GHz)
    • minimum 3 NICs (of these minimum 2 must be Gbit)
    • will be on 24x7 so preferrable also long lasting
    • To day we just boot from a USB stick. Open for suggestion on SSD storage is that is an advantage

    Thanks

    – Background --
    I have tried this board: http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=5087#sp but could not make it work as it is. It has two nics, but only one is intel. And pfsense could only see one nic... so the "not-intel" is probably not available at all. That - off cause - can be fixed with a dual or quad Gbit nic for PICI-e. It actually never made it past th "configuring firewall" sted while booting from a live CD.

    I have now turned the gigabyte board into a fine desktop machine (posting from it right now). In stead of buing different pieces of hardware I much rather piggyback on your experiences. Hope the forum can guide me to hardware that is much more likely to run pfsense than what I have tried to buy so far.


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