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Voyage Linux: The Comforts of Debian. Embedded

Sep 14, 2007, 18:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

"Linux on x86 hardware has long been a reliable, capable, inexpensive way to make routers, wireless access points, and firewalls at a fraction of the cost of commercial devices. You get a lot more flexibility, more security, and often better performance. You can use recycled old gear, or specialized routerboards like Soekris, PC Engines, and Microtik. (Mikrotik also uses non-x86 CPUs, like PowerPC and MIPs.) Some folks think they're a bit expensive, but you can't beat them for flexibility and sturdiness. These little boards tolerate tough conditions and are highly customizable.

"Both Soekris and PC Engines have introduced a new line of more powerful boards. Soekris, as usual, gives theirs a dull name, the net5501. This comes with a 433 or 500 MHz AMD Geode LX800 CPU, IDE and SATA connectors, Ethernet, serial, PCI, and more. PC Engines has a similar board they call Alix..."

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