When I came across the Mini pfSense build, I didn’t even know what pfSense was. There was something about that tiny little computer that was compelling… so here I am with a completed build! I went with the recommended motherboard and CPU, and then used a spare SSD, SODIMM, and power supply I had onhand.
Type Item Price Motherboard Intel DQ77KB $42 CPU i5-3470T 35 $32 RAM 4GB DDR3 SODIMM onhand CPU Cooler Titan DC 115X Low Profile 24 $16 Case Goodisory C01 $90 SSD 60GB 2.5" onhand PSU 65W 19.5V 3.33A onhand Total $180
The build was super easy, although the case did cause some frustration. When I went to place the motherboard on the standoffs I realized that they had installed the bottom plate rotated 90 degrees, which caused the standoffs to not line up.
I took the case apart and installed the bottom plate correctly. Then, after everything was installed and I hit the power button for the first time, nothing happened. I pulled the front panel off and figured out that the soldering job on the button was poor. I happened to have the same switches on hand, so I cut the wires and soldered them up to the new switch.
Thankfully after that everything was in order, so I went about getting pfSense installed. I went through two (old and small) USB sticks that didn’t work before I finally decided to overwrite my Windows 10 install USB with the pfSense image. After that, the install went as described on JDM’s video.
Next up will be the changeover from my existing DD-WRT router to put this thing into production!
Thanks JDM for all your work… this is a great hobby and your efforts make it all the more enjoyable!!