New Braswell Celeron Quad Core Mini PC,Fanless PC,HTPC,with 2G RAM 32G SSD Rich IO: Dual HDMI Dual LAN USB2.0 USB3.0 Wifi,4K Media Player, Sliver

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  1. Pug50 says:
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    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent as a high-performance VPN firewall., 1 Sept. 2016
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    Pug50
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    I bought the bare (No RAM & SSD) version to run a pfSense firewall. I paired it with Kingston SMS200S3/60G (60GB) mSATA SSD and Kingston KVR16LS11/4 (4GB) SODIMM module.

    The packaging is sparse and no instructions are included, but if you know the difference between mSATA and SODIMM then you should be fine. It comes with a plastic stand (which allows it to be stood vertically), a decent looking 3A PSU (which runs very cool) and an (unfused!) figure-8 to UK plug power lead.

    Sturdy construction – it is indeed all-aluminium. Access is by removing the bottom panel; even once the four screws are removed, the panel is a tight fit. It is necessary to lever up the panel using the screw holes.

    There is space for a 2.5inch disk drive (and the necessary SATA cable is provided). I am unsure if there is a sufficient cooling for a spinning disk (YMMV), but a 2.5inch SSD would be fine. It has a single SODIMM slot and an mSATA slot. The mPCIe slot is occupied by the Wifi adapter.

    Even when worked hard, the CPU temperature remains under 60°C. In normal use as a pfSense firewall, it is showing about 42°C.

    I am using pfSense 2.3.2 amd64 full-install version. The only issues I had was that both the WAN and WIFI interfaces needed to have 1500 MTU manually set on them to work reliably, but this is a pfSense/FreeBSD quirk rather than an issue with the PC.

    It has an American Megatrends-type BIOS, with a large number of configurable items accessible.

    The Wifi adapter is Atheros AR9485/AR5B125 and is 2.4GHz only, but it’s pretty solid as an access point. The LAN adapters are RealTek 8111-series; even when working hard, the interupt load seems to be very low and all hardware offload features appear to work fine in pfSense/FreeBSD.

    The Celeron processor (N3150) is reasonably modern and low power. It will never be a screamer but it has AES-NI so it’s great as a firewall and VPN endpoint.

    Overall, strongly recommended.

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