Hello again OCAU! I’ve written many words about PF and APU’s in the past, but here is an updated look at the basis for small networks everywhere. My last thread was way back in 2013 (im old). Now pf hasn’t changed all that much (it has, but we will get to that), but the hardware I’m showing you today certainly has. Firstly below are links to all the previous threads. Note that Standard Overkill is still in service, and has never, ever missed a beat, aside from power outages. Thats 6 years of flawless operation, with no subscription, or maintenance charges. Then we move on to my new toys. This is the PCEngines APU2c4, meaning their second generation APU, revision “C”, with 4GB of RAM. They do have other in this lineup, including ones optimised for LTE connections. In comparison to the old “Alix” based board they used to sell, this has x64 support, Intel PHY’s, AES-NI on board and SD, mSATA and a SIM card slot. It still has GPIO, parallel and COM pinouts, as well as USB3. It’s arguably one of the most capable little boards out there. The processor is still an AMD however is is their updated “G-Series”, (an evolution of the Geode) quad core, single thread running at 1.2GHz. More than fast enough for a UTM for 50 people. PCEngines also supply SLC SSD’s and SD cards, so I picked them up at the same time. Just as an aside, I LOVE the anodising of the case, the colour is just wonderful. They supply the cases with an integral heat spreader and a few thermal pads. A ding over the old board, is that it requires 12v only now, it’s wont boot with anything else. I liked being able to run it 7v or 15v if I had to. Still it uses less power than the outgoing board. Assemble is very easy, you just need to remember to remove the hex nuts from the COM port. Stick on the heat spreader and thermal pads, and you are good to go. Once you have the board mounted, you can clip in the msata and SD card. I use the SD card just to store config files, makes recovery a bit easier. Installation is also a snap, grab the memstick image from pfsense, and write it to a flash drive using dd, or win32diskimager, or Rufus for Windows. You will need Putty or a terminal set to 115200 8,N,1. It’s not perfect, but it works. In my case, i think it was the cable I was using. You will need a Null Modem (remember those?) cable. The BIOS is very, very basic, but does exactly what you need. Simply make the mSATA top in the boot sequence. Finally, this cost me $425 landed, for both. Software is free of course, so i’m going to challenge you to find a cheaper HA-capable firewall solution for UNDER $500. I need another post!