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#1 Highjinks

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Posted 26 October 2015 - 05:21 PM

Hey all,

Just curious if anyone knows where i can get a motherboard that does NOT have any type of network interface built in, preferably something that can also house a newer generation i7 processor. 



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Posted 28 October 2015 - 04:26 AM

Why do you need this? You can disable any NIC interface from a board if needed!



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Posted 28 October 2015 - 09:02 AM

It's for a build for a government computer with sensitive information. Need to not have any type of networking access otherwise there's a lot more security we have to have set up on the work station. 



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Posted 28 October 2015 - 09:06 AM

...and if I bring a usb Bluetooth or other portable usb wireless doo-dad, now what happens?


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Posted 28 October 2015 - 09:07 AM

You have the USB ports disabled through the BIOS, and password protect the BIOS configuration. 



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Posted 28 October 2015 - 11:36 AM

You could lock down the networking in the BIOS also!



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Posted 28 October 2015 - 11:38 AM

While that is a possibility, due to government regulations, it's not as easy as that. We would still have to still do all the extra steps of having the network interface even though it's disabled. 



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Posted 28 October 2015 - 11:46 AM

You could also physically remove the nic port. It's very easy to unsolder, only 4 places!  Otherwise I would think you are looking at specialized boards that could be expensive. I've worked with the military and they always need at least basic networking! You would definitely have to disable all your USB ports also. You can also lock down all network ports on the router or switch.



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Posted 28 October 2015 - 11:50 AM

Yeah, this computer is a special case. No networking capabilities was what was requested, and yeah it's going to be a VERY expensive machine. Kinda like one of those government computers you see on TV, not what the government actually uses though. (i.e. super powerful, screens all over the place). I'll take a look in to un-soldering the NIC, for some reason i didn't even think about that. 



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Posted 28 October 2015 - 01:13 PM

I'd love to be the one building that beast! Have fun!!



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Posted 28 October 2015 - 02:13 PM

Unfortunately i won't be the one doing the final build on in. I'm just getting the pieces together :(. I don't think my boss knows how to solder though, so i may have my hands in the end build yet :)



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Posted 28 October 2015 - 04:52 PM

If the boss doesn't want any USB or NIC ports on the board he will have to order it special custom build and pay for it. I am sure most of the well-known manufacturers would not be interested. However, if there is some latitude on the requirements, get yourself some 2-component epoxy from any hardware store and fill the offending ports to smooth surface. That will do it, and since epoxy is a polymer it doesn't conduct electricity so there will be no shorts, but the physical ports are permanently disabled.


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Posted 02 November 2015 - 09:04 AM

Smart thinking!!






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