[clug] Arguments on list + Linux H/W Question

Andrew Janke a.janke at gmail.com
Tue Apr 7 18:11:58 MDT 2015

On 8 April 2015 at 09:36, Bob Edwards <Robert.Edwards at anu.edu.au> wrote:
> My idea: seriously consider buying a ~$300 notebook and use a USB NIC
> for the 2nd port and USB serial convertors (I know you stated "not usb",
> but you gave no reason for that - the advantages of using a notebook
> may, or may not, out-weigh whatever reasons you have for the serial
> ports not being USB).
> Advantages: cheap, has built-in console, has built-in UPS, low-power
> (relatively), easy to replace if/when needed, ample storage/RAM etc.

This was also what I was going to suggest but the cost factor may be
an issue if going new. But then I saw the cost of the other small
options.... If you are prepared to go S/H you can get single port
PCMCIA serial cards for $20 on ebay.

I suspect the no USB serial thing is due to at times flaky performance
if you want it to work over long periods of time. For S/H laptops, I'd
be looking at a thinkpad X61 (small, light, small power) as they still
have the expresscard port that you need.


Then knock yourself out with serial ports.


The second "real ethernet port" can be handled either via a dock (very
cheap S/H) with an expansion card in it (T61 series) of via a second
PCMCIA card.


Let's not forget that the X61 and T61 era thinkpads had a real serial
port on the port replicator...


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