Sadly, Soekris is shutting down:
Soekris Engineering, Inc.
April 24, 2017
Due to declining sales, limited resources available to design new products, and increased competition from Asia, Soekris Engineering, Inc. has suspended operations in the USA as of today.
It has been our pleasure to serve our customers over the last 16 years. We are proud that we provided reliable, low-power communications computers Made in the USA to many markets worldwide.
Thank you for your business.
I built several pfsense routers with various soekris boxes and they’ve all been running flawlessly for years. I just looked at my router at the hilltop and it has been running for 381 days without a reboot (this router is on a UPS for no especially good reason but it does allow for long uptime runs).
The box has no fan, no moving parts (the filesystem is a nanobsd configuration on a CF card), it’s rack mountable, and it has six ethernet ports (I added a 4-port PCI card). It’s awesome.
The pfsense folks sell hardware (Netgate) now customized with pfsense right out of the box. I have one of their boxes in another location and it works perfectly well too, though I wish they’d support a nanobsd configuration (for the read-only filesystem and the alternating/two-boot-slice concept for updates). Eventually I’ll change out the soekris boxes for newer gear; but for now … 381 days of uptime and counting.