Mon 2020-04-06 19:41

Well, after four years of service my Netgate SG-2440 died yesterday. It rebooted to apply updates and just... never came back. No serial output, just a red status light. Dead.

Total bummer, and it kind of ruined my Sunday morning as I had to scramble around to put a replacement firewall in place, on top of all my usual patching and backup stuff. Luckily, I had a spare NUC in the parts drawer and was able to pull the mini PCIe disk out of the SG-2440 and stick it in the NUC. Recovery time was fairly quick and no need to re-load the OS and config. Though the exercise highlighted some cable management issues and I spent a couple hours yesterday cleaning things up a bit.

I don't know yet what I'll do for a permanent replacement. It looks like the SG-2440 is no longer available, and I'm not sure I'd buy another even if they were (I kind of expected to get more than four years out of what was a $700 box). Still, particularly in these times of equipment shortages and shipping delays, I guess the incident highlights the importance of keeping spares on hand. If I hadn't had that extra NUC I'd have probably been in for a much more painful (and lengthy) recovery.

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