ALIX boards now available

November 17th, 2007 by Chris Buechler

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
Pigtail
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.

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17 Responses to “ALIX boards now available”

  1. GruensFroeschli Says:

    I think it should be noticed that the PC Engines webshop is the webshop of the developer directly.

    –>http://pcengines.ch/order.php

  2. Chris Buechler Says:

    The order link for PC Engines is in the post as well. They are the manufacturer of the boards and ship worldwide. As I said, Netgate will be much faster for those in the US, PC Engines ships from Switzerland.

    I welcome people to post additional sources here as a comment if there are others.

  3. Resmo Says:

    I already own a new ALIX board and tested it with m0n0wall beta. works great. Trying to test pfsense next weekend and giving a report.

  4. Martijn Says:

    I just received my 2 Alix2c3 boards; Pascal was very helpful during the order process and fast shipping to Italy! Downloading the latest embedded version now… And man, how small are these boards, amazing!

  5. Jeremy Says:

    Ordered one from netgate and it only took a couple days to get here… very good service for US customers. PFsense + Alix = the mythical router I’ve been searching for.

  6. Michael Says:

    For those ordering the complete kit with case (From Netgate), is there a problem fitting the board in the case with the USB ports? I see the note indicates that there’s no cutout for the USB ports, but I’m curious if this keeps the board from fitting properly.

  7. Chris Buechler Says:

    The USB ports are set back on the board a bit, there is no problem fitting them in the case without the cut out. Netgate offers the same case as PC Engines, so that’s also the case with PC Engines.

  8. Albert Says:

    Hi Guys, I’ve tried pfSense on a few ALIX boards, still hoping to get the lx AES security block working on it eventually. :-)

    As a throwback to good old working hardware, I just installed the latest beta on an intel L440GX server – adaptec SCSI, PIII, 512MB ECC RAM, 2 intel nics – works great on incredibly stable but aging hardware. All I had to do was disable ACPI in the hints file, and the file editor made that a cakewalk.

    I thought the webGUI would perform a little faster on this machine with the full install and bulkier (albeit older) processor, so maybe that’s something I can help out with. I’m pretty good with PHP, caching and whatnot. We’ll see, I’m still using training wheels with FreeBSD et al.

  9. Albert Says:

    Oh yeah, I should also mention that pfSense worked fine for me on the ALIX boards I used – the ALIX.2C3.

  10. linuxamp Says:

    Has anyone had experience with some of the advanced features of PFsense on the Alix boards? I’m particularly interested in using traffic shaping, Snort add-on, and OpenVPN with asymmetric key encryption. I’ll probably be getting the 500Mhz board. Will 500Mhz/256MB RAM be enough?

    If anyone would like to share their performance logs I’d be very interested to see those along with a short summary of your services.

  11. Tobbaccos Says:

    Does “5004 MP Atheros 4G / CM9: 802.11a/b/g miniPCI Card” support WPA2-PSK AES or TKIP encryption?

    http://www.netgate.com/product_info.php?cPath=26_34&products_id=126

    Thanks

  12. Chris Buechler Says:

    Yes, the Atheros CM9 cards support WPA2-PSK.

  13. pfSense Digest » Blog Archive » VLANs now supported on ALIX boards Says:

    [...] The final 1.2 release candidate, coming soon, will have support for VLANs on the vr(4) chipset. This is a common request since it’s the chipset used by ALIX boards. [...]

  14. Pinoyboy Says:

    I am just now looking at these small form factors as options, but one main question I have is – where is the information for NUMBER of users can these devices support for pfSense? Why isn’t there a place for such information? Can someone at least provide a baseline idea on number of users – by using Alix boards? Chris/Scott, please chime in as the experts. Thank you.

  15. JM Says:

    Which is the best European reseller of Alix boards?

  16. Chris Buechler Says:

    JM: applianceshop.eu is a big supporter of the project, I would recommend them.
    http://www.applianceshop.eu/index.php/firewalls/opnsense.html

  17. Chris Buechler Says:

    Pinoyboy: (responding to an old post for the sake of anyone just seeing it, this is the first I noticed the comment) We don’t put out things like “number of users” because that’s a meaningless stat. You may have 1 user who needs gigabit speeds, in which case you’re going to need something much bigger than an ALIX, or 2000 users that only need 1.5 Mbps, in which case an ALIX could suffice. The limits of hardware are in throughput (packets per second), and vary depending on what features you’re using. More info here:
    http://www.pfsense.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=52&Itemid=49

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