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#1 +ChuckFinley

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 09:28

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/vi...hp?prodid=12647

 

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

 

Thanks

 




#2 Mindovermaster

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 12:16

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



#3 Fahim S.

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 13:57

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.serverspl...server_cashback

 

30 or so watts when idle.



#4 OP +ChuckFinley

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 14:25

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



#5 Crisp

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 16:38

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



#6 OP +ChuckFinley

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 18:08

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



#7 Crisp

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 18:10

I use the D2500CC.



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Posted 04 September 2013 - 18:12

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.



#9 OP +ChuckFinley

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 18:14

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



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Posted 04 September 2013 - 18:22

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.co...0?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...croserver-n40l/

#11 Crisp

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 18:25

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.u...=item2581ae9461



#12 OP +ChuckFinley

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 19:32

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.