Comments about 4 LAN pfsense minipc Intel Atom E3845 Quad core Mini itx Motherboard Linux Firewall Computer Host Machine Support AES-NI 8GB Ram 240GB SSD I1

4 LAN pfsense minipc Intel Atom E3845 Quad core Mini itx Motherboard Linux Firewall Computer Host Machine Support AES-NI 8GB Ram 240GB SSD I1

Model Number:Partaker I1
Feature:All Aluminum Structure, Fanless Design
CPU:Intel Atom E3845 quad core 1.9GHz Mini PC
Intel AES-NI hardware support 4x Intel 82583V NIC ports (Note that Intel NIC ports are known to cause fewer problems than other vendors due to strong device driver support)
Memory:Support 1*SODIMM DDR3L RAM, Max 8G
Expansion:WIFI/3G/4G Is Optional (Three Choose One)
COM:Support 1*RJ45 COM(Support CONSOLE Function)
Color:Black(Any Color Could Be Customized)
Material:High-Quality All Aluminum
Processor:Intel Atom Quad Core CPU E3845 64 bit, 1.8GHz, 2 MB L2 Cache
Chipset:Intel express chipset
BIOS:AMI 64Mbit Flash ROM
I/O:1*USB3.0+ 1*VGA+ 1*Power Switch+ 1*RJ45 COM(Support CONSOLE function+ 4*RJ45 Lan+ 1*DC 12V Input
Expansion Slot:Support 1* MINI PCIE (WIFI/3G/4G is Optional)Embedded SIM Slot
Network:4*Intel WG82583 10M/100M/1000M Lan
Power Supply:DC 12V input
Work Temp:-10℃ ~ +55℃
Work Humidity:0% ~ 95% Non-Condensing
Dimension:134 * 126 * 36mm
Power Adapter:12V 5A/12V 4A Is Optional
Power Cord:Any Plug is Optional (Chinese, European, British, USA Standard Etc)
1:Work as Mini PC
2:Work as Firewall
Support:RouterOS (ROS), Mikrotik, PFSense, IPFire, Panabit, WayOS, SmoothWall, m0n0wall, ClearOS, IPCop, Devil Linux, Radius_Manager, BYTEVALUE, Netzone, Hi-spider, iKuai8, etc.

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I've only had this for a day so I can't speak to durability, but it seems like a great device so far. I'm running the VyOS Linux-based router distribution on it, which I've been using for about a decade on various computers and embedded hardware. This was easy to setup and works fine. There were a few catches though, so for the benefit of anyone else:

- It came pre-loaded with pfSense, but NO documentation at all aside from a warranty card.
- The "SW" button on the front is the power button. You need to press it to turn the device on, and I'd be careful as it looks like it will be pretty easy to accidentally press it to turn the device off.
- At first it wouldn't boot my USB flash drive. I needed to use Delete to get into the BIOS (pressed repeatedly as fast as you can), then navigate to Chipset -> South Bridge -> USB Configuration and then disable XHCI and enable USB 2.0 (EHCI)
- By default the BIOS is set to stay powered off after power loss. This can be changed with Chipset -> South Bridge -> Restore AC Power Loss
- The numbering of the interfaces on the front of the enclosure is opposite how Linux (using old-style/non-persistent interface names) detects them; the leftmost interface labeled "LAN4" is eth0 and the rightmost interface labeled "LAN1" is eth3

There are a few quirks that some documentation could've helped, but overall it seems well-made and stable so far, and relatively easy to get up and running.

Unit works great! I loaded Debian and bonded the interfaces into bridge groups for use with tcconfig to emulate network performance problems. It flows 1gbps of iperf traffic with low CPU utilization too.

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