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Looking for a stepped-up ALIX or Soekris embedded network appliance to load pfSense and/or handle other FOSS-based network roles.

Main criteria is a GbE NICs (will be used for core routing/firewalling with managed GbE switches), DDR3 RAM capable, and multi-core/Intel Atom processor, in a 1U rack-mountable case or smaller.

Axiomtek has the ideal product but I don't think they have retail channels.

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For multiple GbE NICs, how many? If you could install a single quad-port PCI-e would that be enough? Or do you need 4 individual NICs? – Mark Henderson Apr 22 '10 at 0:35
I think that would ok, although I'm a bit skeptical about throughput on the quad cards (skeptical, perhaps without justification though, as I haven't tried it) vs. a dedicated backplane for 4 NICs. – gravyface Apr 22 '10 at 0:54
If a 10Gbps NIC can be fed over PCIe then a quad-1Gbps NIC can. – Chopper3 Nov 16 '10 at 8:41
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You can build your own around this Supermicro chassis. But you would need to use the 4 port Intel NIC to accomplish your goal.

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i think this is the best route: build my own. While I've uncovered a pile of pre-built options, there's always a component that's lacking or I don't need/want. – gravyface Apr 23 '10 at 12:56

Adding the following as a reference for anyone else who stumbles upon this question:

Netgate Hamakua 1U (or DT):

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Supermicro provides Atom solution, such as this one, together with one PCIe x4 gigabit LAN card maybe suits you.

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