Tips for getting cheap used x86-based firewall with full Gbit NAT (a PC Engines APU) if you are in the US

Getting the ones I bought next week, can send you one.


It has five internal antenna, but I don't remember which antennas were connected to each wifi card.


I'll post a photo when I get home.

I now have a VeloCloud EDGE 510-AC which may be an easier target as it is a less complex network setup (although only 4 ports as opposed to the 6 available on the 500-N).


many thanks!

Check out the progress made on the Netgate site for the device, VeloCloud EDGE 5xx, seems the device runs openwrt natively.

I tested the wireless performance of Roqos RC10.
2.4G performance is bad, 5G performance is ok.

2.4Ghz txpower does not exceed 16dbm, and 90~100Mbps speed is obtained from very close, but only about 60Mbps is measured when 100Mbps is coming from another AP.

5Ghz feels like a cheap normal AP.

As a result, I think it can only be used in a space with one wall.
It's better than nothing.

Looks like the OpenWRT root pw to the Velocloud Edge5xx is::

"Apparently it’s “VeloHello000” (replace 000 with the last 3 digits of your serial)".

Can someone confirm this? I don't have the device yet.

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If you are going to build a new system and going to get a motherboard with intel nic.
Don't get one with a intel i219.
RSS is broken on this adapter.
It support 2 Queues but MSI-X is not working.
But to make RSS work MSI-X is needed.

Yes, I can confirm that this indeed works for me:

vc-edge login: root

BusyBox v1.23.2 (2016-06-29 17:21:15 PDT) built-in shell (ash)

  _    __     __      ________                __
 | |  / /__  / /___  / ____/ /___  __  ______/ /
 | | / / _ \/ / __ \/ /   / / __ \/ / / / __  /
 | |/ /  __/ / /_/ / /___/ / /_/ / /_/ / /_/ /

                                  VeloCloud Inc.
velocloud root:~#

hooo !
and it is based on openwrt ??

Looks like it, yes.

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Does anyone know what CPU is used in the VeloCloud 520-AC ?

Also the same CPU as the already supported Sophos XG/SG 125 which has the benefit of 8x Gigabit ports.

By the way, am I completely off-base if I say that, strictly speaking, these devices actually don't need specific "support" and would work with a generic X86/X64 image? As far as I can see the commits are mostly cosmetic, matching the interfaces to the case labels and telling sysinfo how to name the device. Or am I overlooking something?

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You are correct that the commits just set up the default networking which eases initial configuration of the device.

I have not tried yet, but I assume at least in the VeloCloud case the Marvell switch and/or the SFP slot may require further custom initialization.

The VeloCloud EDGE 500-N and EDGE 540-AC will definitely need custom firmware to support the Marvell switches used. The EDGE 510-AC may be able to configured with stock OpenWrt as it uses the processors Ethernet with a Marvell PHY. However, I still haven't figured out how to get it to boot successfully from USB. It just hangs after the line:
Booting from 0000:7c00

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