Archive for November, 2007

1.2-RC3 and Intel EM cards (82573 Vidalia chipset)

Monday, November 26th, 2007

There apparently is a card floating around using the 82573 chipset.   Somehow this card has its EEPROM programmed incorrectly and can conflict with the newer driver that is in FreeBSD 6.2.   The driver version is 6.6.6 and in my opinion the version number fits absolutely correctly.

Here is a blurb from Jack Vogel, the FreeBSD EM driver maintainer:

“There is also a hardware eeprom issue on systems with an 82573
type NIC on SOME systems. There is a utility to fix that, if you
have a problem, and have that NIC email me and I can send that
out to you.”

To make a long story short if you have this card visit this URL for fixing instructions.  For more information see this thread.

ALIX boards now available

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

The ALIX board, WRAP replacement from PC Engines, is now available. Netgate has them in stock, as does PC Engines. Both Netgate and PC Engines are long time supporters of the project.

Order link for PC Engines.

If you’re in the US, Netgate will get it to you faster. I’ve ordered many WRAP boards from them, and just ordered some ALIX boards. Great folks at Netgate, highly recommended.

ALIX Board
Silver case
Red case
Black case
CF card
Power supply

If you’d like to add wireless:

Wireless card
Antenna – any of the RP-SMA antennas will work with the linked pigtail

The price for a complete setup without wireless is $185 USD, about $40 cheaper than a complete WRAP setup cost! This is a substantially more powerful setup than the WRAP.

Seven different BSD and Linux firewalls reviewed

Friday, November 16th, 2007

Nice review from someone unrelated to the project.

“In the end, pfSense is ultimately the best choice overall and provides the best value of all we have looked at today.”

1.2-RC3 Upgrade Note

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

Note there are now two upgrade files – Full and Embedded. Use the Full upgrade file for hard drive installs, and the embedded file for upgrading embedded installs.

We attempted prior to the 1.2-RC3 release to combine these into a single upgrade file, but this caused problems on embedded upgrades so we had to split them up.

1.2 Release Candidate 3 released!

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

1.2-RC3 has been released! Here is a list of bug fixes in this new version:

  • IPSEC Carp rules cleanup
  • IPSEC stability worksarounds for > 150 tunnels
  • Only reload webConfiguration from System -> Advanced when cert changes
  • Increase net.inet.ip.intr_queue_maxlen to 1000 which is the IP input queue.
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