Optional M.2 SATA Installation

The SG-3100 has built-in onboard eMMC storage. Optionally, a M.2 SATA drive could be installed as an upgrade or to bypass the onboard eMMC flash memory.

Warning

Before proceeding:

  1. Backup your configuration file, if possible.

  2. Unplug the system for at least 60 seconds to ensure all phantom power has dissipated.

  3. Anti-static protection must be used throughout this procedure.

  4. Any hardware damage incurred during this procedure is not covered by the hardware warranty.

The SG-3100 has two slots capable of installing M.2 SATA drives, J10 and J11.

The J10 connector is for a 2280 (22mm x 80mm) M.2 SATA only. The 80mm standoff cannot be moved.

The J11 connector is for a 2242 (22mm x 42mm) M.2 SATA drive, or it can be used for a cellular card in conjunction with a microSIM card. The 42mm standoff is also permanent and cannot be moved.

Note

For more information on Cellular Configuration in pfSense® software, please visit the pfSense Documentation page.

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SG-3100 M.2 SATA Locations

Warning

Before proceeding:

  1. Backup your configuration file, if possible.

  2. Unplug the system for at least 60 seconds to ensure all phantom power has dissipated.

  3. Anti-static protection must be used throughout this procedure.

  4. Any hardware damage incurred during this procedure is not covered by the hardware warranty.

Note

pfSense must be reinstalled on the M.2 SATA drive. By default, the M.2 SATA drive will then be the first drive recognized by pfSense software.

For purposes of this installation, the J11 M.2 SATA slot will be used with a 2242 M.2 SATA Drive. Procedures for installing the 2280 M.2 SATA Drive in the J10 slot are similar.

  1. Turn the system over carefully to avoid scratching the top of the system. Remove the four T10 Torx screws as indicated below.

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    Removing the SG-3100 Case Screws

  2. Turn system upright and carefully remove the cover. Set the cover off to the side and keep it upright so the top is not scratched. Identify where the M.2 SATA drive slot is located and remove the screw from the standoff.

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    M.2 SATA Location and Screw

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    M.2 SATA Location and Screw Close-up

  3. After the screw has been removed, insert the M.2 SATA drive into the slot at about a 30° angle.

    Warning

    The M.2 SATA card is keyed. Do not force it into the slot.

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    Insert the M.2 SATA Drive at about a 30° Angle

  4. Gently push down the M.2 SATA card and replace the screw into the standoff.

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    The M.2 SATA Drive Installed

  5. Place the cover back on and turn the SG-3100 over. Replace the four T10 Torx case screws. Be careful not to crossthread the screws.

  6. Reinstall the pfSense software on the new M.2 SATA drive.

  7. Restore your configuration backup if you have one.