IPFire Mini Appliance questions

@gh4light: Hopefully @ms can confirm, but I suspect you can have one or the other with the Mini.

As for access via the serial port, @bonnietwin is right, you can use just about anything. I suspect you could hook up a Digital Equipment VT420 terminal and you’d be in business.

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Thanks for the info about the Mini.
Are the 4 LAN connections for the IPFire Red, Green, Blue, & Orange LANS ?
If so, which connector is for which LAN ?

Gary: The four ethernet ports can be assigned however you like using the setup utility. Relatively recent changes to the software allow easier bridging of interfaces, I think. That means (correct me if I am wrong) that you could have:

  • One Red and three Green
  • One Red, one Blue, and two Green
  • Red, Blue, Green, Orange

I currently have one box configured with one Red, one Green, Blue on the WLAN card, and two wired ports unused. Like any IPFire install, there’s a lot of freedom to choose a configuration that suits your needs.

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Unfortunately it doesn’t at this time. There are two slots inside, one for the wireless interface the other one for the wireless module, but there is not enough space for the antennas on the outside. Since not very many people have requested this so far, we did not make a modified version of the case which could accommodate more than two antennas.

If you like some DIY you can of course get your drill out :slight_smile:

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I am guessing that the Mini appliance with the LTE Module provides the owner with the ability to use an LTE smart phone to communicate safely thru the IPFire Wall software to the internet.
Q1) If so, how do I tell my Android Smart Phones to use the Mini Appliance instead of the Cell Phone Tower ?
Q2) Also How can I restrict access so that only my Smart Phones have access and not everyone else that has a smart phone ?

@gh4light: Someone will correct me if I am wrong, but the LTE module is designed to be used as a the RED interface to connect IPFire to the internet via LTE. What you’re describing is a network extender, and you would get one from your cell provider and connect it to the LAN. Some providers allow you to designate your phones as priority devices, but don’t allow you to prevent others from connecting.

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I’ve been using IPFire for about a year now. I’ve already donated to the project and will do so again in the future on a regular basis given it allows me to build such a robust home network.

I too am interested in purchasing the Mini Appliance since I’ve IPFire running on consumer grade hardware, and I’ve got some questions - I thought it might be better to post here than starting a new thread.

1 - I assume one can install an alternative OS on it other than IPFire if one wanted to do so?

2 - I’m based in Ireland so it’s the UK version I would require, but that’s down as out of stock currently while the US & EU versions are in stock. Is there any indication on when that might change? I may just purchase the EU version and use a simple adapter if I would have to wait a long time.

3 - What are the power adapter specs? If it’s a 12V adapter, I have an unused one with different head widths that could work.

Yes, this is correct. The LTE feature is a modem to connect the firewall to a wireless network. It cannot function as a cellular base station. You would use regular WiFi for that kind of functionality.

Thank you for helping us out!

Yes, it is an x86-based system. It therefore runs other software like Debian, etc. But of course I recommend IPFire :slight_smile:

We have it in stock. I just checked. If you place an order, I will make sure if leaves our warehouse the same day. I need to check why it says that the GB version isn’t in stock.

It comes with a 12V 2A power adapter which you could potentially replace by something else. A few people power this appliance by a car battery :slight_smile:

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Thanks Michael for your help.

I’ve gone ahead and ordered the GB version along with the USB to Serial cable.

Thank you :slight_smile:

I had four old DEC terminals like that scraped them much better serial programs on laptops now. I have coped the old hyper terminal from older windows using on windows 7 (work requires windows) as this is best for some serial ASCII support needed where as other programs would not interpret ASCII properly for ASCII menus on some devices. Other than that I use minicom on linux the most myself and perfer, if windows Putty is very popular.

Hi there,

I had to create a new account. Probably there are too few issues with ipfire hence I didn’t post for years. :+1: :+1:

This page doesn’t mention the USB Serial adapter. Is the adapter bundled with the appliance, or do I have to order it separately?

Thanks,

jayrock

Hello Jay,

Please order it separately if you do not already own one of these adapters.

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Can the settings be transferred from our current consumer IPFire box to the Mini?

Hi @kclark

Yes you can. Just do a backup on your old hardware and download the backup file to say a usb stick and then after installing in the new hardware restore the backup.

There are some changes that will be needed related to changes in sensors between the two sets of hardware. Follow the following wiki link to deal with those changes.

https://wiki.ipfire.org/installation/hardware-change

If you will also be changing architecture, going from 32 bit i586 to 64 bit x86_64 or arm to x86_64 then you will also need to follow this link.

https://wiki.ipfire.org/installation/arch-change

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I’m going from an old Dell PC to the mini appliance once I figure out which one I need to order. I am currently running: PFire 2.25 (i586) - Core Update 156 and I need to update it to 157 but it’s old hardware as well. So I am not sure what I should do.

For the architecture change, I assume that happens on the old system and then backup or do I run those commands after restore on the new system?

Hi,

you will need to run these commands on the new system.

Thanks, and best regards,
Peter Müller

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not endorsing but similar, newer model, as I am using now and no problems at all works great.

I use to take older computers, needed something more up to date and cost of building mini PC was the best low cost option
4 port built in Gig LAN, RJ45 serial port USB ports mine does have the VGA port used for initial OS load. 4 core 2G Celeron processor

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