IPFire is a versatile firewall distribution that is also running on the ARM architecture. However, the ARM architecture is very much different from x86 hardware that many people are used to. This section on the IPFire wiki takes care about which hardware is supported.
Before buying the first ARM single board computer, please take a moment to find out which one is actually supported by IPFire. Note that ARM support is difficult to handle and very fragile. It may require at least some advanced skills with IPFire and/or Linux.
There are some problems which are affecting all ARM boards. Most of them are bugs which are known to the developers, but require special effort to be fixed or cannot be eliminated for another reason.
Some ARM boards (not all, but some of them) have a hardware-based random number generator (HWRNG). IPFire neither recognizes nor uses them at the moment; in addition to that, they don't appear in the list of supported HWRNGs.
Only the Raspberry Pi has an HWRNG which is used and recognized at the moment. For further details, please see the individual descriptions of the ARM boards.
|██||CompuLab Utilite||Missing bootloader and kernel support.|
|██||Iomega iConnect Wireless Data Station|
|██||Lamobo R1 aka BananaPi Router||HDMI is not supported by IPFire.|
|██||LeMaker BananaPi||HDMI is not supported by IPFire.|
|██||LeMaker BananaPro||HDMI is not supported by IPFire. Documentation is missing partly.|
|██||Raidsonic ICY-Box 62x0|
|Raspberry Pi Foundation|
|██||Raspberry Pi (One) B and B+|
|██||Raspberry Pi (Two/Three) B|
|██||BananaPi M1||Sinoviop has manufactured the boards for LeMaker|
|██||CuBox-i||No working bootloader.|
|██||Hummingboard||No working bootloader.|
|██||Wandboard Solo||HWRNG not supported yet.|
|██||Wandboard Dual||WLAN, Bluetooth and HWRNG not supported yet.|
|██||Wandboard Quad||WLAN, Bluetooth and HWRNG not supported yet.|
There is a mailing list which is the first place to contact other people working on the ARM port of IPFire or being interested in supporting that at: firstname.lastname@example.org