[nycbug-talk] building home firewalls out of soekris boxen

George Georgalis george at galis.org
Tue Feb 5 11:56:29 EST 2008

On Mon, Feb 04, 2008 at 05:39:43PM -0500, Charles Sprickman wrote:
>On Mon, 4 Feb 2008, Dan Langille wrote:
>> Charles Sprickman wrote:
>>> Never played with them, but I have a PCEngines Alix box on the way to setup 
>>> with pfsense for a client:
>>> http://www.netgate.com/product_info.php?cPath=60&products_id=492
>>> It seemed like a much better value than Soekris.
>>> Just thought I'd throw that out there.
>> $180?  What is involved in transforming that hardware to a running computer? 
>> What OS?
>I bought a CF card reader for $5 at monoprice, that should be it.
>The above price includes the Alix board w/3 10/100 ethernet, 1 mini PCI 
>slot, 256MB RAM, 500MHz Geode processor, 2 USB ports, power supply and the 
>enclosure.  We couldn't justify the Soekris at that price.
>I'm putting the embedded version of pfsense on there (FreeBSD + PF + very 
>sophisticated web interface).  If I were to try and emulate some of the 
>stuff pfsense does with QoS without the GUI, I would surely fail. :)

Mine is slightly different, has audio and vga and 1 10/100.
I've got a dual Gb net adapter in the pci.



My issues is nominal, have to specify console device at
boot prompt or keyboard is not recognized. seems a bug
in NetBSD. My 4.0 dmesg is in the first link.

// George

George Georgalis, information system scientist <IXOYE><

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