[kwlug-disc] Good project board

L.D. Paniak ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
Fri Jul 24 13:27:09 EDT 2009


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You could try the Asus WL500g Premium router which runs OpenWRT.  It can
do all the things you want.  You will find that appliance boards have a
hard time keeping up with SATA drives through USB. You will only get a
couple of MB/s.  It won't be able to do too many tasks simultaneously.

I just built a gateway using an Atom board.  It has onboard gigabit LAN,
SATA and plenty of CPU (dual core Atom) to move data over the network or
on/off hard drives.  I dressed mine up with a couple of USB NICs for WAN
and VOIP. I am running trixbox (CentOS) on the system for VOIP.

The GSE versions of Atom motherboards from Intel should be able to run
fanless and pull under 25W.  The system I built idles at 30W and never
gets past 35W - the only fan is for the (ancient) chipset, the CPU just
has a passive sink.

Have fun!

Jason Locklin wrote:
> I'm curious about building a multifunction NAS as a fun little project.
> I'm wondering if there is a commercial non-x86 integrated board that
> would be good for this. Something like the miniITX jetway boards, but
> lower power and fanless (i.e. ARM).
> 
> I would like to use it with a couple SATA drives, and run RSYNC,
> Bittorrent, CUPS (for a USB printer), maybe record from a USB webcam and
> play music/voicemail. Gigabit Ethernet and audio-out would be a plus but
> not a requirement. I'll be running Debian.
> 
> Thanks for any ideas,
> Jason

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