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Re: Power savings and trusting Linux firewall

On Mar 21, 2008, at 11:07, Ward Vandewege wrote: 

> Yep. I've got two of those in production as firewalls. They are at   
> least 
> twice as expensive as the pcengines units. Also, anything but the   
> new-ish 
> soekris 55xx series is an order of magnitude slower than the alix   
> boards. 

The Soekris boxes have much better BIOSes (better supported by /   
supporting at least the FreeBSD boot loader).  They also have other   
neat things like a PCI slot, a better RS-232 port, GPIO ports etc etc. 

The advantages of the PC Engines boards are 1) cost and 2) awesomely   
small case. 

Both the Soekris and the PC Engines boards are super fun though.  I   
usually use them as small routers or firewalls with FreeBSD ("self- 
built" with NanoBSD or via pfSense or m0n0wall).   The new generation   
(Alix and 5501) don't seem to have any trouble keeping a 100Mbit link   

  - ask 

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