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Mars Twitter D525 Firewall Appliance. 1.8Ghz Fanless IntelDual Atom D525. Four (4) x Gigabit Ethernet: Intel 82574L. 1GB DDR2 Memory.  Stateful inspection firewall. 20-250 users. Up to 500,000 concurrent connections. 45-70 Mbps IPSec VPN throughputs. Utilizing pfSense® software.

pfSense® software is an open-source firewall distribution based on FreeBSD.

Notes:

  1. What are the differrences between the Mars Twitter and Mars OpenBrick-M Firewall appliance?
    • Twitter is a fanless system. OpenBrick-M has a system fan.
    • Twitter case is closed and dust-proof, ideally for a remote location. OpenBrick-M case has holes for convection air-cooling purposes.
    • OpenBrick-M has more expansion options, including Intel Gigabit Ethernet. Twitter configuration is fixed, except for memory.

Features

      1. 1.8Ghz Duo-Atom D525
      2. 1GB RAM
      3. Four (4) Intel 82574L Giagbit Ethernet
      4. Preloaded pfSense® current Stable Release
      5. Small and Light: dimension of 8.3 x 5 x 2.2 inches and weight about 2 lbs.
      6. Low power-consumption: 20W without a hard drive.
      7. Fanless system. Designed to run from a compact flash or a 2.5inch SATA laptop hard drive/SSD.
      8. High network throughput:
        • 2.0 Gbps raw/cleartext with a specialized dual-WAN configuration in a lab environment! Under a normal real-world configuration of one WAN, the best throughput is 600Mbps, because the NICs are based on the 32-bit PCI architecture.
        • 70 Mbps AES-256 IPSec VPN
        • 45 Mbps 3DES IPSec VPN

Suggested Deployment

      1. Firewall or router/gateway for Small Office or Home Office (SOHO).
        • Load balacing with dual-Wan or triple-Wan for enhanced Internet performance.
      2. VPN server for branch office:
        • Supporting IPSec, SSL-based OpenVPN, PPTP.
        • 70 Mbps AES-256 IPSec VPN or 45 Mbps 3DES IPSec VPN with commercial Cisco/Checkpoint/Juniper VPN servers.
      3. Intrusion Detection System (IDS) and Intrusion Protection System (IPS).
        • With the addition of the Snort package. Recommended to be used only with the hard-drive based pfSense® appliance.
      4. Web filtering and content control.
        • With the addition of the Squidguard package. Recommended to be used only with the hard-drive based pfSense® appliance.

Support and Warranty

    1. One (1) year standard warranty. A single contact for both hardware and software issues.
    2. Depend on the maintenance options, we will walk you through the initial VPN server setup to configuration of multi-wan load balancing and failover.
Price: $749.99
$749.99
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SKU: Twitter PF3I525U
Specifications
Performance* Mars Highlights
Suggested Users 20-250

Stateful Inspection Firewall enforces security policies and resists malicious attacks.

Easy configuration, security management and monitoring of network infrastructure.

Network Address Translation (NAT) protects and hides internal network information from the outside world.

VPN offers significant savings over leased connections between branches or remote offices.

Mulit-WAN load balancing optimizes usages of internet resources.

Failover provides reliable and un-interrupted internet connectivities.

Firewall Throughput 1.2 Gbps (600 Mbps**)
Concurrent Connections

 500,000

3DES IPSec Throughput  45Mbps
AES IPSec Throughput  70Mbps
BF-CBC OpenVPN Throughput  54Mbps
Hardware Specifications Mars
Systemboard  3I525U
CPU  1.8Ghz Intel Dual Atom D525
Memory  1GB (Up to 4GB Max)
Storage  4GB CF
Ethernet  4 x Intel 82574L Gigabit Ethernet
Cooling  Fanless
Hardware Warranty  1-year limited
Support Contract Mars
Standard Support  1-year

* Performance depends on network environment and configuration of the firewall.
**With a specialized dual-WAN configuration in a lab environment! Under a normal real-world configuration of one WAN, the best throughput is 600Mbps, because the NICs are based on the 32-bit PCI architecture.

Performance and Cost Comparison?

Since pfSense® based firewall have been used as firewalls and Internet routers, it is only fair to compare against Cisco products. We have chosen VPN performance to see how the Mars firewall stack up.

Router Mars Intel Atom D525 Cisco 2811 ASA 5510 ASA 5520
AES IPSec 70 Mbps1 22 Mbps1
35 Mbps3
66 Mbps1
170 Mbps3
225 Mbps3
3DES IPSec 45 Mbps1 22 Mbps1
35 Mbps3
66 Mbps1
170 Mbps3
225 Mbps3
Failover Supported Active/Standby5 - Active/Standby Active/Active Active/Standby Active/Active
CPU Speed 1.8Ghz D525 350Mhz RM5261A 1.6Ghz Celeron 2.0Ghz Pentium-4
Power Consumption 20W unknown unknown unknown
Fanless System Yes No No No
Cost $750 $2,2794 $2,181 $4,295

Notes:

1As measured by iperf.
2With the optional Soekris VPN1411 VPN Hardware Accelerator
3As reported in Cisco Sales Literature and Documentation. (Cisco Router Performance data come from here.)
4Cisco router cost includes the IOS Security Bundle (SEC/K9) and are typical found on the Internet.
5Detail CARP configuration is discussed at http://doc.pfsense.org/index.php/Configuring_pfSense_Hardware_Redundancy_(CARP). Active-active configuration is not possible at this time.