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The easiest way to install an operating system onto an APU

Getting an operating system on an APU can be a bit tricky.

Thankfully, we’ve found a really easy way to install an operating system onto an APU.

And it works for anything, whether that’s Voyage Linux, monowall, pfSense or something else.


pfSense 2.3 has been released

pfSense 2.3 has just been released. You can update your install by going to System > Firmware > Auto Update in the WebGUI.

We’ll start offering it as the default on our boxes when we’re happy that it’s working well, but you can request it pre-installed on any server when you place your order.


Fixing a pfSense IP address conflict

If you’re struggling to connect to your pfSense box via the web interface, it could be because you have an IP address conflict on your local network.

Just follow our step-by-step guide to change the IP address of pfSense® using the serial console, and you can get back to more important things.


How to change the LAN IP address of pfSense using the serial console

Have you ever found yourself unable to access your pfSense box on the web interface because of an IP address mismatch on your local network?

Follow these step-by-step instructions to fix it.


Update – September 2014

If you’ve ever wanted to add your own touch to the pfSense® software, then you might be very interested in our new tutorial on rebranding the pfSense® software.

Also in this month’s update:
– How to switch between Rident and pfSense®
– Shortage of ALIX 2-3 boards
– Rident 2.1.5 images now available
– First donation made to Voyage Linux
– Thank you for planting thousands of trees
– We have moved
– Changes to same-day shipping and hard copy invoices
– Tips & resources: Intel boot-up vulnerability, Use to run your own hosting, Hack planes via inflight WiFi


How to rebrand the pfSense® software

Ever wanted to take the pfSense® software and make it your own?

Want to offer your clients a full-featured firewall and router package as part of your service offerings?

Here’s an overview of the steps you’ll need to take to replace the pfSense® branding with your own.


How to switch from pfSense® to Rident

So you like the sound of our brand new, shiny Rident images, but you’re currently using the standard pfSense® image?

We can help.

Here’s what you need to do to change your system over to Rident without any hiccups.


Rident 2.1.5 now available

We are pleased to announce the newest release of our rebranded and optimised version of pfSense®, Rident 2.1.5.

Rident 2.1.5 is now the default version of Rident available on all of our servers.

pfSense 2.1.5 is primarily a security release. For full details of the changes in v2.1.5, please read the pfSense® documentation.


How to switch from Rident to pfSense®

So you’ve got our shiny, new Rident image installed on your box, but you’ve decided you want to switch back to the standard pfSense® image?

No problems. The last thing we want is for you to feel “locked in” to using our Rident firewall and router software.

So here are two ways that you can make the transition back as smoothly as possible.


Update – August 2014

Rident firewall and router software is our rebranded, customised version of the pfsense® software, optimised for our hardware.

– How to install the pfSense® software on a net6501
– How to attach the heatsink to an APU board
– New Compex miniPCI express wireless card
– New 4GB Kingston CF card
– m0n0wall v1.8.1 released


Rident = our pfSense® software images with a new name

Our new Rident open-source firewall and router software, based on the pfSense® software, is now available.

It’s basically the same software that we’ve always offered, just with a new name and a new-ish look.


How to install pfSense® software on a net6501

Follow along step-by-step as we show you how to install the pfSense® software onto a net6501board, using either:

– the standard pfSense® software image or

– our Rident™ image based on the pfSense® software and optimised for the net6501


The pfSense® software usage terms have changed

The pfSense® project was acquired last year by a US company called Electric Sheep Fencing LLC, and as a result the usage terms for the pfSense® software have changed.

We will be working over the next several weeks to ensure that our website is updated to comply with the new requirements.

We are pleased to begin offering our new range of Rident™ firewall and router software images for download, which are based on the pfSense® software and optimised for our hardware.

We apologise for any inconvenience or confusion caused.


Update – June 2014

Follow along as we show you how to install the pfSense® software onto an APU board, using either the standard image from the pfSense® website or our Rident™ ready-made done-for-you images based on the pfSense® software.

Or download our ready-made Rident™ software images, based on the pfsense® software and optimised for the APU and net6501.

You can also sign up for email updates and support Voyage Linux.


How to install pfSense® software on an APU

Follow along step-by-step as we show you how to install the pfSense® software onto an APU board, using either:

– the standard pfSense® software image or

– our Rident™ image based on the pfSense® software and optimised for the APU


Download a ready-made “Rident” image for the APU and net6501

If you’re looking to install the pfSense® software on an APU 1 board, then you’ll probably be very interested in our new ready-made Rident™ O/S images.

Our images are based on the embedded image from the pfSense® website, but have three important differences to make your life even easier:
1. The ethernet ports are pre-assigned
2. It doesn’t hang during boot
3. It resets to our factory defaults


New website in the works

We’re currently working on a new version of our website and hope to have it ready for you “real soon now”.

Check out this awesome collection of pfSense® software “how to” articles at

And we’re currently working on a kit that will allow you to install a LAN1841 in our rackmount net6501, creating a rackmount server with a total of eight Gigabit ethernet ports.


Intense PC now available

We finally have approval to sell the Intense PC in Australia! Yay! And for a limited time, receive a LEGO minifigure with the purchase of any Intense PC.

Extend your fit-PC3 or Intense PC with a great range of new accessories.

We also now have the LAN1841 PCI Express 4-port Gigabit ethernet adapter from Soekris Engineering, and updated versions of monowall and pfSense® software are available.


Free pfSense® book with any pfSense® software server

Get a free pfSense® book when you purchase any of our servers with pfSense® software pre-installed.

The 8GB Lexar Platinum II CF card is new this month, while the 4GB SanDisk Ultra Compact Flash cards have been discontinued.

Our 8 dBi antennas are on special at the moment and we’ve dropped the price on all of our external PSU rackmount products by a massive $90.

And have you come across Elastix PBX?