Alternatives to the APU?



  • Can anybody recommend any alternatives to the APU boards? I'm happy with the apu's, but I'm less than happy with the cheap looking & feeling case, and the cheap heat spreader. I'm looking for something out there in the $200 price range. We use these for managed routers & vpn gateways for customers. I probably install two or three a month, so being readily available is important.

    I played around with the ubiquiti routers for a bit, but I was less than impressed with the interface. Maybe I'm just used to pfsense after so many years.

    Anyways, thanks for any input!



  • PC Engnies APU2 Board since january 2016

    Another case for the APU + 2 LAN Ports & SSD/HDD

    Jetway Board only
    Varia store dual rackmount box

    4 Port appliance

    5 Port appliance

    Axiomtek

    • NA341
    • NA342 & NA342R
    • NA361 & NA361R

    Desktop or rackmount appliances with many different boards, CPUs and RAM or available modules
    to add with more LAN modules, PoE modules, VPN modules, and so on for the NA361R series.



  • @BlueKobold:

    PC Engnies APU2 Board since january 2016

    Another case for the APU + 2 LAN Ports & SSD/HDD

    Jetway Board only
    Varia store dual rackmount box

    4 Port appliance

    5 Port appliance

    Axiomtek

    • NA341
    • NA342 & NA342R
    • NA361 & NA361R

    Desktop or rackmount appliances with many different boards, CPUs and RAM or available modules
    to add with more LAN modules, PoE modules, VPN modules, and so on for the NA361R series.

    Do the axiomtek devices front panel work with pfSense? They look really neat


  • Netgate

    @Smokeshow:

    Can anybody recommend any alternatives to the APU boards?

    I suggest you buy from pfSense or Netgate.



  • Do the axiomtek devices front panel work with pfSense? They look really neat

    Not the VPN module for sure because it it based on the Intel QuickAssist which is not inserted
    in the pfSense code now, the others work like expected as normal LAN Ports (NIC modules)
    with Intel NICs. Their appliances generally working great together with pfSense since a long
    time period, as you can read here; Axiomtek NA-810A/B

    Or if you mean not the module bays but more the LED lights you could ask in this thread here
    where someone is using the both variants of the NA342 together as a cluster, one with Intel
    Celeron J1900 and one with the Intel Atom E3825 his name is @klauskurz; axiomtek na-342

    PC Engnies APU2 Board since january 2016 ~250 €
    Another case for the APU + 2 LAN Ports & SSD/HDD like the APU but + ~150 €
    Jetway Board only ~$199
    Varia store dual rackmount box ~60 €
    4 Port appliance ~$299
    5 Port appliance ~$305
    Axiomtek

    • NA341 ~425 €
    • NA342 & NA342R ~280 € or ~ price unknown
    • NA361 & NA361R ~650 € or ~850 €

    P.S. in january 2016 the APU2B4 is coming out and that would be much better then the older APU ones.


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