[clug] SheevaPlug alternatives?
gus at projectgus.com
Thu Dec 9 20:38:20 MST 2010
On Fri, 2010-12-10 at 12:54 +1000, Carlo Hamalainen wrote:
> What alternatives are there today for a low power usage, silent home
> server? Mainly I would use it as a file server for media and backups
> so anything at least as powerful as a 1Ghz ARM cpu would be enough.
It's not as powerful, but I use a MIPS wireless router with OpenWRT for
The model I use is a Asus WL500gP (with 2 USB 2.0 ports.) However, that
model is 4 years old or so now. Mine works well as a file server, with
the one proviso that file transfer rates are limited to around 500KiB/s
- the CPU gets pegged transferring data over the USB.
The newer models have somewhat higher specs, although still not as high
as the SheevaPlug. OpenWRT's supported hardware table is the place to
look. Something like the D-Link DIR-825 could be a good choice, I don't
really know though.
One nice thing about using your wireless router is you combine two
gadgets into one box.
Another option might be the Seagate Dockstar, which is basically a
SheevaPlug in a funny case. They're a clearance item in the US now,
looks like you can get them internationally on ebay for under $100
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