ASRock Q1900M with Startech ST1000SPEXD3 Dual Port Gigabit PCIe

  • Just a note for those who are looking for a low cost embedded PCIe firewall/IPS solution. So far I have excellent results with this suite. The StarTech PCIe dual port Gig ethernet adapter is the same manufacturer as the on-board port. Built the amd 64bit image with pfsense v2.2.1, pfblockerNG, Snort and a few more filters. Decided on the older Q1900M vice the Q2900M board and it seems a good choice so far.

    System is smooth and cool (Temp 80F).

    Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU J1900 @ 1.99GHz
    Current: 1992 MHz, Max: 1993 MHz
    4 CPUs: 1 package(s) x 4 core(s)
    Memory usage - 3% of 7859 MB

    Migrated the system from an embedded Intel D525 Atom 16bit 4gb RAM.

  • :o

    Thanks, but no.

    The same manufacturer is Realtek and for the list price of that Startech card you can easily get an Intel Quad Gigabit card.

  • I think the intent was going with a cheaper setup.  I ended up using the same setup w/ a dual intel card.

    Only Problem is the pcie is x1 and not x2 (aka shorter) which I mistakenly missed that dual intel cards are pcie x2.

    So I got hasty and ended up trimming the end of the pcie socket to allow the intel card in (albeit with 1cm hanging out the end) and it works find. I knew you could run longer cards ( x2,x4,x16 etc) in shorter slots… at the loss of the additional bandwidth.

    Given that a x1 bandwidth is 250MBytes/sec, I haven't ran into any problems (then again I question if the q1900 would limit it with higher bandwidth).

    Other nice thing is you have the original realtek Ethernet as well if needed.

    Turned out to be a good experiment, ended up getting the board for $66 w/ rebate and $20 for the intel card used.

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