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

John Nielsen lists at
Thu Aug 8 16:52:49 MDT 2013

On Aug 8, 2013, at 4:15 PM, Michael Torrie <torriem at> 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> 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: 
>> 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:


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