If you are thinking of running pfSense at home then you might interested in knowing about what hardware you might want to use. Not everybody wants to use an old PC as a router, if this is you then consider some of the hardware below. However, keep in mind that the smallest the system is the more it’s going to cost. This post is not about which hardware is better, but only meant to inform on some of the available hardware options. You may have to track down the vendors, if you live in the US Newegg seems too have both Intel and Jetway boards.
What I like ? Small form factor and fanless makes for a winning combination. Plenty of NICs. Bundle with pfSense and you have a winning combination. What I don’t like ? Memory cannot be upgraded, but 256MB should be enough for most.
What I like ? Cheap and plenty of processing power for pfSense. Expandable thanks to SATA and PATA. What I don’t like ? It’s not fanless.
pfSense (based on FreeBSD) has extensive support for various NIC vendors, but not all NICs are the same. If you have the money then buy Intel NICs, they will result in less load for the system. You still need to provide a PSU, compact flash or hard drive along with a case or enclosure to have a fully functioning system.