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I shall be using the M350 ITX Case, its got good airflow and looks plain - http://www.mini-box.com/M350-enclosure-with-picoPSU-80-and-60W-adapter

 

Will be using 4GB of DDR3 LP, 16/32GB SSD

 

The only thing I am hung up on is the motherboard and NIC's

 

This was my original plan - http://www.mini-box.com/Intel-D2500CCE-Mini-ITX-Motherboard This way I will have 2 x INTEL nics and no fan

 

However then I saw this - http://www.mini-box.com/Intel-DN2800MT-Mini-ITX-Motherboard along with this kit to give it a PCI-E x1 in the IO sheild - http://www.mini-box.com/I-O-shield-and-riser-card-for-DN2800MT. This way I could have 3 x NICs and the latter also supports msata!

 

 

But then, there are no dual intel nics with PCI-E x1, they are all x4. But I'm guessing it has a reason

 

But then how do these NIC's stack up?

 

http://www.amazon.com/Syba-Ethernet-PCI-express-Controller-SY-PEX24028/dp/B00965J4TS/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1375677667&sr=8-6&keywords=intel+dual+nic

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833166096

http://www.amazon.com/Syba-1000-Base-Gigabit-Ethernet-SD-PEX24033/dp/B00BDB1XRE/ref=pd_sim_sbs_pc_5

http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-Express-Gigabit-Ethernet-ST1000SPEXD3/dp/B00CICQKPM/ref=pd_sim_sbs_pc_3

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What router software are you going to run? Is it compatible with Realtek Ethernet chips? All of the x1 PCIe NICs you have listed are based on Realtek chips. The only x1 PCIe card I have found that is not Realtek based is the HP 332T which uses Broadcom, but it is expensive.

The first motherboard in your post has two Gigabit ports and a PCI slot. If they have a PCI riser for that case, you could just go with a dual 10/100 Ethernet card, as long as it is not too tall; 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Intel-Dual-Port-10-100-PCI-Network-Card-E139761-/271200934865?pt=US_Internal_Network_Cards&hash=item3f24d5dbd1 

Or you could do a Quad 10/100 if it is not too tall and long;

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Matrox-10-100-Quad-PCI-Network-Card-NS-FNIC-4-NA-Card-355FE-/281145140996?pt=US_Internal_Network_Cards&hash=item41758e6704

If you are just routing internet traffic 100Mb should work.

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Realtek compatibility for the Roswell one seems to be okay in pfsense, but not sure on Untangle. Why is the support so bad?

 

There is this thats slightly cheaper than the HP one - http://www.ebay.com/itm/DELL-BROADCOM-5720-DUAL-PORT-GIGABIT-NIC-PCI-E-0FCGN/231028008467?rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.m1851&_trkparms=aid=222002&algo=SIC.FIT&ao=1&asc=261&meid=346855184096148077&pid=100005&prg=1088&rk=2&rkt=5&sd=251310523804&

 

Just found out that the riser for that PCI-e is backless, I wonder if it would take an x4 card fine

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All types, Untangle, server 2012, whs 201, Esxi.  Have not seen them not work on any system.

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You will need the full height bracket to install it.

 

Realtek compatibility for the Roswell one seems to be okay in pfsense, but not sure on Untangle. Why is the support so bad?

 

There is this thats slightly cheaper than the HP one - http://www.ebay.com/itm/DELL-BROADCOM-5720-DUAL-PORT-GIGABIT-NIC-PCI-E-0FCGN/231028008467?rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.m1851&_trkparms=aid=222002&algo=SIC.FIT&ao=1&asc=261&meid=346855184096148077&pid=100005&prg=1088&rk=2&rkt=5&sd=251310523804&

 

Just found out that the riser for that PCI-e is backless, I wonder if it would take an x4 card fine

Dell and HP OEM the same card from Broadcom. 

If the riser is backless the x4 should work.

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All types, Untangle, server 2012, whs 201, Esxi.  Have not seen them not work on any system.

 

You have *not* seen them work on any system, or have not sen them not work on any system? I.E - I assume you mean they've worked on every system?

 

I've gotten basically every NIC to work with ESXi as long as it has any Linux support. There is a good program you can use to "force feed" the driver into the ESXi install or you can do it post install if desired. Same with pfSense. No experience with Untangle though.

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You have *not* seen them work on any system, or have not sen them not work on any system? I.E - I assume you mean they've worked on every system?

 

I've gotten basically every NIC to work with ESXi as long as it has any Linux support. There is a good program you can use to "force feed" the driver into the ESXi install or you can do it post install if desired. Same with pfSense. No experience with Untangle though.

 

You are right correction, I meant "have" seen them work on every system.  Thanks for catching that.

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