[clug] Linux H/W Question (low-power mb recommendations for firewall/router)

Scott Ferguson scott.ferguson.clug at gmail.com
Tue Apr 7 17:50:16 MDT 2015

On 07/04/15 21:01, Neil Pickford wrote:
> +1 Thanks Paul
> As mostly a reader of the CLUG list.
> Can we get back to succinctly and politely answering peoples questions
> about Linux.
> Having a pissing contest and trolling each other is not in the spirit of
> the CLUG Group and I frankly am not interested in it.
> Give it a rest and increase the S/N.
> Neil VK1NP
> Having added some Noise now for some Signal - Now for the Linux Hardware
> bit.
> I am looking for a low cost, low power, low voltage (12V) processor
> board with:
> a text based console - X11 not required
> two independent real Ethernet ports 100baseT,
> at least two real serial ports up to 115 kbaud (not usb)
> 512M RAM + some flash memory for storage (4-5G) that I could run
> Slackware on.
> Been looking around for a while but haven't been able to find anything
> suitable.
> I am trying to replace 2 Linux PCs currently running 24x7 providing:
> NAT Firewall with Masquerading,
> Caching DNS
> HTTP Web services,
> Mail list services,
> postgresql,
> python,
> perl,
> OWFS &
> RRDtools.
> Currently the 2 PC's are consuming around 150W to do this stuff and I'd
> rather it be done at less than 20W.
> This is quite possible aka Rasberry Pi but the Pi does not have enough
> real ports.
> I have found $1k level machines aimed at process control or POS but I am
> really looking for something a lot cheaper.
> Any ideas gratefully received?

Intel Atom D2500 1.86GHz dual-core CPU
MITXPC Series	D2500
Dual Intel 82574L NICs, dual COM ports
Probably graphically over-powered with the Intel GMA 3600 onboard
Supports SATA, even includes real mini-PS/2 keyboard and mouse connectors.
Sells for around $250 new.

Either that something that runs OpenWRT (TP-Link?) for around $150 with
a couple of USB2Serial connectors.


More information about the linux mailing list