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  • Hello.  I'm new to pfSense but am excited to learn and build my own box.  I've been reading everywhere possible and would like some opinions.

    My usage:
    -home router
    -firewall
    -OpenVPN
    -couple of packages but nothing overly sophisticated

    I have a FreeNas server I'd like to access from the outside.  Multiple Windows and Apple machines.

    I've looked at the following:
    Intel Atom D2550 all in one, see below

    -building my own using the Intel Atom D2500CCE and other parts from Amazon
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006ICQ3FK/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=C0764DXST82H&coliid=IQ80EDTB610PK

    -I've also looked at other setups using J1900, and other Celeron processor.

    My fear with most of the above are the reviews.  Some are Ok but not powerful enough; get too hot, don't work because of various ACPI issues, etc…

    I would like to build something that is powerful enough but not very expensive that I can just buy the one at the sense store.

    I'd could use some help on mobo that work and processors.

    I like this mobo but am open to suggestions.    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813182252R

    Again, I know you don't have to spend a lot of money to get a quality router for home but I need some help.

    Thanks in advance.



  • Have you considered a used notebook?



  • No. I haven't seen any such configs.



  • @clugo633:

    No. I haven't seen any such configs.

    Spending nearly $123 for a NewEgg device? Why not $199 for an Alix APU?

    • Three GB LAN ports
    • Three miniPCIe slots
    • 4 GB RAM
    • SD Card slot to start and perhaps a mSATA later


  • @clugo633:

    No. I haven't seen any such configs.

    Install pfSense on a used Notebook with built-in NIC.
    Configure WAN interface as VLAN 99
    Configure LAN interface as native.

    Connect to smart switch port configured as PVID 1 (typical default), member of VLAN 99, Tagged
    Connect ISP to smart switch port configured as PVID 99, member VLAN 99, Un-Tagged



  • @BlueKobold:

    @clugo633:

    No. I haven't seen any such configs.

    Spending nearly $123 for a NewEgg device? Why not $199 for an Alix APU?

    • Three GB LAN ports
    • Three miniPCIe slots
    • 4 GB RAM
    • SD Card slot to start and perhaps a mSATA later

    I thought about using one of these but the only meet the minimum requirements and are eol this year.  Plus I read they can't do some of the packages, etc.



  • Also the APU systems are on back order till end of June.  Patience or try to building something for about same price and maybe a little more power.  Idk



  • What do you guys think of the Supermicro H9SKV-420?

    1. AMD GX-420CA (25W, 4-Core)
      2. AMD Embedded G-Series SOC
      3. Up to 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Unb. Non-ECC SO-DIMM in 2 DIMM sockets
      4. 1x PCI-E x4, 1x Mini-PCIe slot and 1x mSATA slot, 2x SATA 3.0
      5. AMD HD 8400E Graphics with HDMI, LVDS (Optional) and VGA
      6. 2x Intel® i210-AT single-port Gigabit Ethernet LAN Controllers
      7. 2x USB 3.0 ports and 6x USB 2.0 ports
      8. 6x COM ports, 2 w/ RS-422/485
      9. 1x SATA DOM power connector
      10. 12V DC or ATX power source
      11. Operating Temperature: 0°C - 60°C



  • Im leaning towards a Supermicro X10SLV-Q w/ an Intel i3-4130.

    I do like the Quad Core of the embedded AMD of the Supermicro H9SKV-420 .

    What do you guys think?


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