PFSense 2.4.4 on an ACEPC T11

I bought a silver ACEPC T11 for doing some lab work for $127 (link). It sports an Intel Cherry Trail Atom Z8350, quad-core CPU, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB emmc, and a dual-band 2.4ghz and 5ghz wireless card. I tried booting off the pfsense media and it kept hanging at ppc0: cannot reserve I/O port range. After poking around, I ran across this article: https://forum.netgate.com/topic/109447/zotac-ci323-installation-controller-failures/16

I rebooted and selected 3. [Esc]ape to loader prompt on the boot menu. At the OK prompt, I entered:

set hint.uart.0.disabled="1" set hint.uart.1.disabled="1" boot
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It booted right up and pfsense installed without any issues.

Next, I’ll be ripping it open and installing external wireless adapters and an SSD for storing pcaps.