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Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Embedded Appliance-Specific Platforms?

HaloZero writes: "Having just recently discovered pfSense, I am now looking for a platform to run it on. It's running currently on a 2.2GHz P4 with a gig of RAM, and that seems to be way, way too overkill for this type of application. The box itself is also huge in comparison to what I'm used to having as my 'firewall' appliance. I've done some looking into MiniITX stuff like the VIA EPIA offerings (and those seem to be the most promising), but the cases are still very large. I'd prefer a device that offers me a small case, compact flash (or an IDE port) fanless, and atleast three ethernet ports. Has anyone out there had any success with any of these small, embedded platforms? Form factors, hardware, their cases, loading media onto the device — what else should I be wary of?; that sort of thing. For the sake of argument, pfSense's hardware requirements are pretty basic; a 233MHz CPU and 128MB of RAM will do you just fine."

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