This page is for sharing info about hardware appliances and build a Hardware Compatibility List.
I had hard time finding hardware to build a VYOS network appliance so I started this page. Please add your own hardware reference.
Hardware Compatibility List
|Appliance||Form factor||CPU||Ethernet||Wifi||Expansion||VGA||VyOS Version||Status||Install out of the box?||Install date||Details|
|Acrosser AND-J190N1||MiniBox||Celeron J1900||6xIntel GB||Option||2xMiniPCIe||Internal header||1.1.7||OK||No/easy||11/20/2016||Details|
|Protectli FW10408||5.2 x 4.9 x 1.5 inches||Celeron J1900||4xIntel||Option||Yes||184.108.40.206||OK||May 15, 2017||Details|
|Partaker I5||5.2 x 4.9 x 1.5 inches||Celeron J1900||4x Intel 82583V||Option||Yes||1.1.8||OK||Yes||June 14, 2018||Details|
|PC Engines APU2C4||6 x 6 inches (152.4 x 152.4 mm)||AMD GX-412TC||3 x Intel i210AT GB||Option||2 x miniPCIe||No||1.1.8||OK||No||03/31/2018||Details|
11/22/2016. This microbox network appliance was build to create OpenVPN bridges. It can saturate a 100Mbps link.
It is a small (serial console only) PC with 6 Gb LAN http://www.acrosser.com/upload/AND-J190_J180N1-2.pdf
You may have to add your own RAM and HDD/SSD. There is no VGA connector. But Acrosser provides a DB25 adapter for the VGA header on the motherboard (not used).
First thing you want to do is getting a more user friendly console to configure BIOS. Default VT100 brings a lot of issues. Configure VT100+ instead.
For practical issues change speed from 115200 to 9600. 9600 is the default speed at which both linux kernel and VyOS will reconfigure the serial port when loading.
Connect to serial (115200bps). Power on the appliance and press Del in the console when requested to enter BIOS settings.
Advanced > Serial Port Console Redirection > Console Redirection Settings:
- Terminal Type : VT100+
- Bits per second : 9600
Then save, reboot and change serial speed to 9600 on your client.
Some options have to be changed for VyOS to boot correctly. With XHCI enabled the installer can’t access the USB key. Enable EHCI instead.
Reboot inside the BIOS,
Chipset > South Bridge > USB Configuration:
- Disable XHCI
- Enable USB 2.0 (EHCI) Support
Create a VyOS bootable USB key. I Used the 64bits iso (VyOS 1.1.7) and live usb installer (http://www.linuxliveusb.com/)
I'm not sure if it helps the process but I changed default option to live-serial (line “default xxxx”) on the USB key under syslinux/syslinux.cfg.
I connected the key to one black USB port on the back and powered on. The first VyOS screen has some readability issues. Press enter to continue.
Then VyOS should boot and you can perform the "install image"
May 15, 2017. I purchased the "Protectli Firewall micro appliance with 4x Gigabit Intel LAN Ports with 4GB RAM / 8GB mSATA" as a turnkey pfSense firewall appliance. After playing with pfSense some, I replaced pfSense with Vyos 220.127.116.11. It was a completely straightforward install. I prepared a Vyos live boot USB image, plugged it into one of the two USB ports on the device, plugged a USB keyboard into the other and a VGA monitor to the VGA connector, and booted right up into Vyos.
- Write the official ISO to a USB drive of some sort.
- Plug in VGA, power, USB keyboard, and USB drive.
- Press the "SW" button on the front (this is the power button; I don't know what "SW" is supposed to mean).
- Begin rapidly pressing Delete on the keyboard. The boot prompt is very quick, but with a few tries you should be able to get into the BIOS.
- Chipset > South Bridge > USB Configuration: set XHCI to Disabled and USB 2.0 (EHCI) to Enabled. Without doing this, the USB drive won't boot.
- Boot to the VyOS installer and install as usual.
- Warning the interface labels on my device are backwards; the left-most "LAN4" port is eth0 and the right-most "LAN1" port is eth3.
PC Engines APU2C4
For more detail about hardware spec, check here.
Before being able to install on apu2, you need to modify the official iso image because VyOS by default use 9600 baud rate for serial console, but apu2 bios is fixed to 115200. Without modification, you can not see booting messages. The following is steps on how to modify iso image.
- Download & mount iso image to a folder
$ mount -o loop vyos-1.1.7-amd64.iso /tmp/iso
- Copy all contents to another folder for modification
$ cp -a /tmp/iso/* /tmp/iso2
isolinux/isolinux.cfgto the following
serial 0 115200 console 0 timeout 50 display boot.txt prompt 1 ... label live linux /live/vmlinuz append console=ttyS0,115200n8 console=tty0 quiet initrd=/live/initrd.img boot=live nopersistent noautologin nonetworking nouser hostname=vyos label live-console linux /live/vmlinuz append quiet initrd=/live/initrd.img boot=live nopersistent noautologin nonetworking nouser hostname=vyos label live-serial linux /live/vmlinuz append console=ttyS0,115200n8 quiet initrd=/live/initrd.img boot=live nopersistent noautologin nonetworking nouser hostname=vyos label live-debug linux /live/vmlinuz append console=ttyS0,115200n8 console=tty0 debug verbose initrd=/live/initrd.img boot=live nopersistent noautologin nonetworking nouser hostname=vyos
console needs to be set to 0 since apu2 bios seems to forward console messages to serial console, which will mess up the screen.
- Mount the root filesystem to another folder
$ sudo mount -o loop /tmp/iso/live/filesystem.squashfs /tmp/root
- Copy all files & folders under
/tmp/rootto another folder for modification
$ sudo cp -a /tmp/root/* /tmp/root2
/tmp/root2/opt/vyatta/etc/config.boot.default, replace all matchings of string 9600 with 115200.
- Regenerate filesystem image
$ sudo mksquashfs /tmp/root2 /tmp/iso2/live/filesystem.squashfs -noappend
- Regenerate iso image
$ cd /tmp $ sudo mkisofs -o vyos-out.iso -b isolinux/isolinux.bin -c isolinux/boot.cat \ -no-emul-boot -boot-load-size 4 -boot-info-table -iso-level 3 -J \ /tmp/iso2 $ sudo isohybrid vyos-out.iso
Now you can use modified iso image to boot apu2 board.
Because I found VyOS can not detect my Transcend USB stick, I use SD card to boot the machine. There is also report that VyOS can't detect USB stick on APU, so it's recommended to use SD card instead of USB stick to create boot disk.
- Dump iso image to SD card
$ sudo dd if=vyos-out.iso of=/dev/mmcblk0 bs=1M