Need a small form factor x86 box to be a firewall/router/dg

Levi Pearson levipearson at gmail.com
Thu Aug 8 17:16:48 MDT 2013


Of course, they don't have 2 LAN ports... you could use a mini-PCIe
card (although the actual RJ45 jack bracket would have to sit loose
outside it), a USB adapter, or with one of the Thunderbolt-equipped
versions a Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet adapter.  Other than that little
downside, they're great. ;)

On Thu, Aug 8, 2013 at 5:03 PM, Levi Pearson <levipearson at gmail.com> wrote:
> Forget Atom, they're really slow per GHz compared to
> desktop/laptop-class chips.  Get the Intel NUC gadgets, they're a much
> better deal. http://www.newegg.com/Intel-Mini-Booksize-Barebone-Systems/BrandSubCat/ID-1157-309
>
> On Thu, Aug 8, 2013 at 4:52 PM, John Nielsen <lists at jnielsen.net> wrote:
>> On Aug 8, 2013, at 4:15 PM, Michael Torrie <torriem at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>> On 08/08/2013 03:01 PM, Doran L. Barton wrote:
>>>> On Thu, 08 Aug 2013 14:43:46 -0600
>>>> Michael Torrie <torriem at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> I want a machine that's x86 (i3 or i5), at least 1 GHz, low-power, no
>>>>> fans, ssd disk, 2 gigabit ethernet ports, small formfactor.  Any ideas
>>>>> as to what I should look for?  Anything under $500 is game at this
>>>>> point.
>>>>
>>>> I noticed NewEgg has some systems like this:
>>>>
>>>> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856107104
>>>>
>>>> Obviously, this is only a 1.86 Ghz Atom CPU, but that's probably more than
>>>> sufficient for a home firewall.
>>>
>>> Good call.  I'm also looking at a an older fit-pc (on clearance) that's
>>> a dual core Celeron 847.  It's only 1.1 GHz compared to the 1.8 GHz
>>> atom.  Both should be more than enough for my purposes.
>>
>> I've coveted but never bought some of the SuperMicro Atom boards:
>> http://www.supermicro.com.tw/products/motherboard/ATOM/
>>
>> JN
>>
>>
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