Knowledge base

Installing Debian over serial console on APU board

Installing Debian on APU boards is easy, if you know the steps. Step 1: Download netinst, amd64 image from here: https://www.debian.org/distrib/netinst Step 2: burn the image on USB.  If you are using Linux, use dd: sudo dd if=debian-9.1.0-amd64-netinst.iso of=/dev/sdX if you are using Windows, burn the image using Rufus: https://rufus.akeo.ie/ Step 3:  Insert the USB into the APU board, and use putty to connect over the serial cable, as described here. Step 4:  Debian installer will boot and show you the following screen: Press H, enter the following parameters and press Enter. install vga=off console=ttyS0,115200n8 This tells the installer that it should use Serial...

Connecting your IPFire router to the network

Once you have received the parcel from us, follow these steps to connect your new IPFire router to the network. 1. Unpack the box and take out the router 2. Connect the network cables Unless you specified otherwise, device will come pre-configured with Port 0 as WAN and port 1 as LAN. WAN (wan) -> igb0 -> red0   -> DHCPLAN (lan) -> igb1 -> green0 -> v4: 192.168.1.1/24 Port 0 is the one closest to the serial port. Connect your internet cable into the WAN port and your switch (or access point) to LAN as shown on the photo: If you have ordered...

Installing pfSense on APU boards over serial

Quick and easy tutorial for installing different operating systems on APU boards over the serial cable.

APU2 - VPN Performance

APU2 boards achieve about 100 Mbit/s continuous throughput on OpenVPN on pfSense 2.4-RC. Hardware should be able to achieve much more, but it seems that pfSense limits the throughput in some way.

APU2C0 IPFire throughput test - much faster than pfSense

IPFire seems to be much faster than pfSense. In our tests we were able to achieve 1 Gbit throughput on APU2, with some CPU cycles left to spare.

APU boards spec comparison

Comparison of technical specification of PC Engines APU boards.

How is my order handled

How do we handle your order? What happens after you purchase an item?

Installing APU board into the enclosure

Step by step tutorial for assembling a PC Engines APU system.

Installing SSD module into an APU board

3 step process for installing the SSD module into the mSata port on APU boards

APU2C0 pfSense network throughput test

Clients often asks us if the APU2C0 router, which appears on the lower end, is fast enough for their network. This is the definitive answer. We have assembled the cheapest possible hardware configuration and performed few throughput tests.

APU2 Supported Operating systems

APU boards are based on AMD Embedded G series GX-412TC low consumption CPUs. This means that all operating systems that are x86-64 compatible and don't require a graphics card to install, are supported. Most popular: pfSense opnSense m0n0wall openWRT tinyCore Linux Debian Ubuntu freeBSD openBSD ESXi  Once you have ESXi installed, you can install Windows... and any operating system you like. Windows requires VGA for installation, but you can still install it under ESXi hypervisor, if you really want to.  We offer pre-installation of most of these OSes on the boards purchased in the webshop.

Connecting your new pfSense router to the network

Short installation guide for connecting your newly purchased pfSense router to the network.