In 2022, we started a mini-series that we intended to be a single review. That was a Fanless Intel J4125 4x i225 system. Then the AliExpress vendors iterated, systems got better, more ports, and so forth. During most of the series, we instead looked at the N5105/ N6005 systems, but the J series has a newer part that has made it into these systems, the Intel Celeron J6413. This new system also uses six of the newer Intel i226 2.5GbE NICs, but it is a lower-end platform, so we wanted to see how it compares. With that, let us get to the review.
Intel Celeron J6413 Powered 6x i226 2.5GbE Fanless Firewall Overview
With these, we have been doing a video review to accompany all of the systems. You can find that video here:
As always, we suggest opening the video in its own window or tab for the best viewing experience.
These units can be bought for about $225 barebones on AliExpress. However, we chose to buy ours with RAM and SSD.
We normally do not suggest buying with memory and storage since the brands are often unknown in the bundles. Also, it is often less expensive to purchase memory and storage locally from a bigger brand than to get them via AliExpress. Still, we did that just to see what we got.
We also purchased the Intel Celeron J6412 version. These units took over six weeks from order to shipment, to the point that when they shipped the seller told us that they upgraded our J6412 to a J6413 to make up for the difference. Sadly, that means we do not have a J6412, but they are fairly similar. Given the often $5-10 difference, we would probably end up recommending the J6413 anyway.
Our best sense of why we ordered these in early September, but they arrived in mid-November, is because the sellers sometimes list new boxes before they are available. That is something we were less accustomed to before starting this mini-series.
With that, let us get to the hardware.
Intel Celeron J6413 Powered 6x i226 2.5GbE Fanless Firewall Hardware Overview
The front of the unit has 2x USB 3 Type-A and 2x USB 2 Type-A ports. It also has a console port. Many prefer the console over IPMI in these devices to lower power consumption since a BMC uses 4-5W these days. There is also a HDMI port for local access.
There are a few other features worth mentioning on the front. First, on the right side, the power button was delivered upside down, which was a bit funny. On the left side, there is an on/off switch. Here is a closer view of that switch that we had:
On the other side of the system, we have our status LEDs, and a 12V DC input. There are also now six Ethernet ports. Each is a 2.5GbE port. That is a major upgrade over the J4125 where we had four NICs.
There is also a grounding point, and two covered holes that one could use for antennas if needed.
The bottom of the case has space for a 40mm fan and a 2.5″ SSD or HDD. Usually, in these we suggest skipping the 2.5″ drive to keep airflow through the vents.
Getting inside the unit only takes four screws, and the bottom panel pops off easily.
With that, let us get inside.