I have for a long time been wanting something with a better firewall than a bog standard router, and having seen Chrysalis build decided to build a Pfsense router myself.
I've decided to use a Qotom QOTOM-Q190G4-S02 Mini PC
, which has 4 Intel LAN ports, the S02 version will take a 2.5" SSD, the S01 version is slightly smaller, and only takes an Msata drive
Purchased from Amazon
, cost is £130.90 + £16 shipping
I've also ordered 8GB of memory
, 4 should of been plenty, but at £30 it was not much more than 4GB.
I have a 80GB Intel SSD which is spare, so will be using this as storage.
There's a thread on the PFsense forums
with quite a lot of useful info.
I've never used Unix/Linux before so this might be a bit of a learning curve, hopefully it will all go well.
Edit.Install guide is here
, which I documented as I went along with a lot of help from Chrysalis and others.
When taking the case apart make sure you undo the screws on the base, not the sides. Only minor problems I've noticed is the Sata cable is very tight against the side, and when installing the drive, hopefully it will be OK. I also had to use a USB lead to plug my USB thumb drive into as there are only two ports and they are close together.
Some pictures of the hardware.