John Nielsen wrote this message on Thu, Oct 22, 2015 at 13:48 -0600:
> On Oct 22, 2015, at 12:00 PM, Adrian Chadd <> wrote:
> > On 22 October 2015 at 10:57, John Nielsen <> wrote:
> >> I???m working on a proof-of-concept for a kind of networking swiss army 
> >> knife. Can anyone suggest a board that meets the following requirements? 
> >> CPU arch doesn???t matter as long as it will run FreeBSD (Atom, ARM, MIPS, 
> >> etc).
> >> 
> >>  - Small form factor (SoC, probably)
> >>  - Can support at least 2 802.11a/b/g/n adapters, prefer 3 (any 
> >> combination of chip-integrated and mini PCI-e slots. Prefer to avoid USB 
> >> if possible)
> >>  - Has or supports at least 2 1GbE ports. Prefer 3-5 ports with switching 
> >> functionality
> >>  - Storage not super constrained. Built-in storage (if any) can be small 
> >> (which I???m arbitrarily defining as less than 128MB) if there is also an 
> >> SD card slot or similar. USB storage will do in a pinch.
> >>  - Has at least 2 free USB ports after meeting previous requirements
> >>  - Serial port or header (or GPIO pins that can be used as one? Not too 
> >> familiar with that)
> >>  - Low power consumption (within reason taking the above into account)
> >>  - Low cost (again, within reason)
> >> 
> >> I may just start with a PC Engines apu1d, but if there are boards that are 
> >> smaller, cheaper, have lower power requirements and/or have integrated 
> >> wifi or switch capabilities I???d like to look in to them as well.
> >> 
> >> I know that might be asking a lot, so I???m also open to any suggestions 
> >> that are most of the way there. Thanks!
> > The PC engines boards are your best bet to begin with. There's updated
> > ARM hardware from Gateworks but I don't recall if we ever got a port
> > fully working on it.
> Thanks for the pointer. Good to know the Avila boards boot. A Ventana board 
> plus one or more expansion modules actually looks very versatile and capable 
> of meeting all my requirements (except maybe cost :). The Laguna boards also 
> look interesting, though probably not quite versatile enough for this 
> particular project. Can anyone jog Adrian???s memory on the status of FreeBSD 
> on either of those Gateworks board families?

I know that the AVILA boards work fine:
FreeBSD 11.0-CURRENT FreeBSD 11.0-CURRENT #3 r283010M: Sun 
May 17 10:16:08 PDT 2015 

I can't find info on the Laguna boards...

There is a wiki page on that status of the Ventana board:

But, the PCI slots and second gige aren't supported according to that

So, if you're willing to spend as much money on a Ventana board,
I'd recommend going w/ the Netgate RCC-VE 4860...  It has much faster
CPU, tons more memory and get better support by being an amd64 based

  John-Mark Gurney                              Voice: +1 415 225 5579

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