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Soekris for firewall routers

Finally, a permanent solution to the hardware for the firewall routers. Soekris Engineering is a US based company (California) who specialize in hardware for network devices. The cost is a little higher than some of the other solutions, but all solid state, nice indicator lights, four (yes four) directly addressable NIC’s (with the ability to add more if you like) and, a pretty box. We can even get a 1U 19″ case for it. The people are friendly and knowledgeable, and the machine appears bullet proof.

Low power and extensible. What is not to like. Had to raise the price for the final product a little, but the result is definitely worth it. And, since this is what the company does, don’t have to worry about losing them as a source in the near future.

As far as the memory is concerned, had to go to the 5501-70 to get the RAM needed. The lower end models would work for simple routing/vpn, but if the user wants content filtering and/or proxying, 128M RAM and the slower processor doesn’t hack it.

Going with a 4G CF for storage. I tried ext2 on it (half the writes), but during testing had boot failure after I unplugged the thing instead of shutting it down nicely, so decided to go with a journaling file system. We may have to go with SSD’s where we’ll get some wear leveling, but so far the CF’s have worked just fine.

Now, if they just made ARM based ones . . . . .