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John Teacake

Recomendations for a Mini-ITX or Similar (PfSesnse)

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Hi All,

 

I am looking for a retailer in the UK that I can buy a Mini-ITX build with at least 2 x Gig Nics so I can run and play about with PfSense.

 

There doesn't seem to be a good supplier in the UK where I can just buy one. It seems to be all kits.

 

I liked this one but it doesnt tell you much about it.

 

http://linitx.com/viewproduct.php?prodid=12647

 

I am open to suggestions, But it needs to be low power and cheap!

 

Thanks

 

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That's a firewall, not a mini-itx board. Not sure what PfSense means, but try looking at scan.co.uk

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You could consider getting a small form factor server like a HP Microserver and add an additional single or two port NIC.

 

That's what I and a couple of other people here have done.

 

You can even install a hypervisor (ESXi, Xen etc.) and create a pfSense VM and others too.  A few people including myself have done this as the pfSense VM when idle uses about 100MHz of the CPU.

 

About ?100 with the cashback offer currently running 

 

http://www.serversplus.com/microserver_cashback

 

30 or so watts when idle.

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Yeah I have a HP Microserver already. I LOVE them as a geek toy. That was going to be one of my options.

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I run my pf off a atom itx in a 1u itx case. <20w.

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The problem is that the cost of the Dual Nic (At least in the UK) is nearly as much as I payed for the Microserver :-s

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I use the D2500CC.

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Out of curiosity, if you have a HP MicroServer, why not virtualise it with ESX and run pfSense on it? Thats what I'm doing.

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Yeah that's what I want to do but the cost of a Dual Nic is ridiculous!

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I see the reason for the PM Now.. Yeah I had picked one up really cheap, the one I sent you via the PM.. But that was here in the US.. But I would think you can find it for about the same price in quid.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000J3OPOU/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

HP 412648-B21 NC360T PCI-Express DP GigaBit Adapter

Price: $46.00

If you going to put in your micro like I did, make sure you get the low profile bracket on it. I had contacted the seller with my order number and they made sure I got the low profile. If not you should be able to do this sort of mod on it

http://www.shogan.co.uk/vmware/home-labs-adding-and-modding-a-dual-port-gigabit-nic-to-the-hp-microserver-n40l/

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What kind of expansion bracket does the Microserver take? Normal or short? You can pick up an Intel dual gigabit NIC from eBay for under ?30, I think I even paid something like ?20 for mine.

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HP-NC360T-Dual-Port-Gigabit-NIC-PCI-E-Network-Card-Intel-PRO-1000-PT-/161089492065?pt=UK_Computing_NetworkCards_RL&hash=item2581ae9461

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Thanks guys! I might go down this route. I think I have found one reasonable, I have asked the seller on eBay if they can do it with the low form factor.

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