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[solved] Will IPFire work with this MB?

Posted: January 25th, 2019, 8:23 am
by ChrisK
Hi there,
I plan to build new hardware appliances to run IPfire on them.
Since I need several subnets I came across this motherboard here:
https://www.minipc.de/de/catalog/il/234 ... gJYQvD_BwE

So my questions are:
- Will IPFire work with this hardware and can all ethernet ports be used oob?
- Is it possible to maintain more than 4 different subnets/ports in PFire w/o the need to "hack" it?

TIA!
Chris

Re: Will IPFire work with this MB?

Posted: February 1st, 2019, 10:53 am
by ChrisK
noone? :(

Re: Will IPFire work with this MB?

Posted: February 2nd, 2019, 9:43 pm
by rodneyp
You are probably seeing nil response because no one on the list is running this mainboard. Not surprising, because it appears to be oriented to industrial & embedded devices. Additionally it is relatively expensive compared with complete, commodity mini PC.

OTOH, the mainboard is from a long established manufacturer plus the SoC is based on established cores as are the Ethernet ports. The firmware is also from one of the main suppliers - given the size of the ROM, likely to be UEFI.

Looking like there is only one way to find out :-)

Re: Will IPFire work with this MB?

Posted: February 4th, 2019, 9:19 am
by ChrisK
Thank for your reply.

Okay, then I'll have to give it a try. I think it *should* work since the board comes with an Intel ethernet chip which is supported by the recent kernels.

Still, I wonder if IPFire can deal with more than 4 networks? Is it possible at all?

Re: Will IPFire work with this MB?

Posted: February 6th, 2019, 3:17 pm
by MichaelTremer
I think the NICs should be supported. It seems to be quite expensive for the CPU that it has. The processor also only has 6 PCIe lanes and there are 6 NICs as well as a MiniPCIe slot as well as some other periphery that might need a lane. So the NICs will be slower than a Gigabit because they have to share a lane. I have no idea what "(support up to 2 pairs ByPass GbE option)" is supposed to mean, but there might be a switch that connects multiple of the ports and that one might not be supported. Not sure what the development status of those is in the Linux kernel. Definitely is not desirable to have that.

Hope this helps.

Re: Will IPFire work with this MB?

Posted: June 11th, 2019, 12:37 pm
by ChrisK
Just a quick feedback after testing:

Yes, IPFire works perfectly with this board. All ethernet-ports are supported by the Kernel and useable. :D

cheers
Chris