Posts Tagged ‘ALIX’

PCEngines ALIX boards and pfSense

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

We have been receiving a lot of requests for help in getting pfSense working on the ALIX board.  The good news is that it does work if you have the latest BIOS version.

Anyone looking to install pfSense on an ALIX, please see this link.

VLANs now supported on ALIX boards

Saturday, January 5th, 2008

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.

This is already available in the RC4 pre-release available on the snapshot server here.

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.

pfSense supports next generation of embedded hardware

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

We now have been able to test pfSense on the new Soekris 55xx boards and the PC Engines ALIX boards and both hardware platforms are supported from now on by the latest snapshots. For now you will have to manually assign the NICs from the console port as both platforms now use vr NICs instead of the sis NICs the old Soekris 48xx and PC Engines WRAP used. This might change if we decide to add some kind of hardware detection when these systems come up with factory defaults to make them run out of the box again without interface assignment.

If you have one of these boards make sure to fetch a build from the snapshot server instead of using the original 1.2RC2 embedded image as we needed to add some modifications for the ALIX boards.

The ALIX for development was kindly provided by Pascal Dornier from PC Engines as donation. If you are interested in buying one please monitor the pcengines homepage for availability. The beta run for this hardware has just started but they should be available soon at prices similar to the WRAP boards.