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Old 23rd November 2023
Bsaidus Bsaidus is offline
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Default Hardware for embedded FreeBSD/OpenBSD custom router/firewall ( Ent. firewall, ADSL ro

I am investigating these days the possibility of embedding FreeBSD/OpenBSD in hardware like ADSL Modem (modem adsl ) , or firewall dedicated hardware.
So my questions are:
  • Could you point me to a hardware adequate for an ADSL Modem/Router like Huawei or Dlink ones.
  • Could you point me to a hardware adequate for a firewall appliance.
  • Where can I buy these hardware.
  • Is these hardware support FreeBSD/OpenBSD.

Thank you.
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Old 23rd November 2023
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Possibly a Raspberry Pi, many do use as such systems....on Linux, but they do have some BSD versions of the O/S.
Linux since 1999, & also a BSD user.
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Old 23rd November 2023
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There are many hardware appliances from pfsence/opensense. You can also look at the pcengines boards, even they are discontinued.
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Old 24th November 2023
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According to the youtube video linked below¹, the fujitsu s920 is a good machine which can be converted very cheaply into a router with an ethernet card. All for less than 70€ or even cheaper if you strike a good deal on the second hand market.

On it you can install OpenWRT, OPNSense, IPFire or VyOS.

[1]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAxe2pAUY50
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Some hardware suggestions here:


Don't bother with FreeBSD, pf(4) is the gold standard for firewalls and only OpenBSD gets the latest version.
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Old 24th November 2023
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For low power arm64 options, Banana Pi makes a series of dedicated router boards including one with a Rockchip RK3568. Per per page, this should be supported.
OpenBSD Arm64 support


There is a bootlog of OpenBSD running on an older Banana Pi R1 but searches for R2's came up empty. This would be theoretically possible but you would be breaking new ground.

I looked at this and there are cases/power supplies available. My paranoia/security needs are real but not astronomical. I ended with OpenWRT on a MediaTek
MTK7621 based Linksys EA7300. I found a factory refurbished one for ~$40USD and have been happy with it.

FreeBSD does have a dedicated router project which relies on a separate firewall. The forums resident Network security
and routing, expert @jggimi, has advocated for a separate firewall in the past.

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