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.
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.
Based on this CPU but pre assembled and ready to go.
Only for the records.
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.