slightly OT hardware question

William A. Mahaffey III wam at
Wed Jun 1 15:44:59 UTC 2016

On 06/01/16 09:58, Eric S Pulley wrote:
> On Wed, 25 May 2016 15:00:48 -0453.75
> "William A. Mahaffey III" <wam at> wrote:
>> On 05/25/16 11:33, Valeri Galtsev wrote:
>>> On Wed, May 25, 2016 10:51 am, William A. Mahaffey III wrote:
>>>> Does anyone onlist know of any small (RPi-ish), cheap boxen w/ 2
>>>> or more working RJ45 ports (100 Mbit is OK), FreeBSD or NetBSD
>>>> compatible ? I would like to use them as a firewall & an asterisk
>>>> box. I found Utilite, kinda pricey, also Banana-Pi R1 (5 ports,
>>>> however apparently wired somewhat weirdly on the board, NetBSD
>>>> networking doesn't work there last I looked). Anyone got a little
>>>> beastie like this working ? TIA & have a good one.
>>> I was looking lately for smallish cheepish low power consumption
>>> computer lately to have it as firewall/router (running pfsense). I
>>> ruled out for myself raspberryPI, for two reasons: second ethernet
>>> adapter on it will be USB, the CPU is too weak to run decent
>>> firewall/router with decent throughput. I took a quick look at
>>> Banana PI (just to reconsider my choice not that I've heard bout it
>>> from you), and I have the same reservations about it.
>>> What I decided to go with is fitlet-i barebone (you will need to
>>> bay RAM and mSATA drive for it, otionally their heatsink, which I
>>> definitely will get for myself). This brings me in a ballpark of
>>> $300 as opposed to $40 for raspberry PI or banana PI barebone, but
>>> with fitlet-i I will have two gige ports, and enough CPU power to
>>> have it handling decent traffic. (Additional info: AMD SoC CPU, up
>>> to 8 GB RAM, made in Israel, or at least by Israeli company; 5
>>> years warranty, available on amazon, power consumption up to 10 W).
>>> Just my $0.02
>>> Valeri
>>> PS I really would like to hear what others think, and if there is
>>> better option than fitlet-i for gige WAN and LAN.
>>>> --
>>>> 	William A. Mahaffey III
> If you are getting into $280+ USD range you may aswell look at Soekris
> Engineering. Makers of fine BSD small SBC/routers for many years...
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Found them earlier, looked like more $$$$ than I wanted to commit, but 
also looked like top-shelf equipment, already had/has FreeBSD 9.nR 
compatibility. I might be back ....


	William A. Mahaffey III


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