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ZDNet: Building a low-cost router appliance with Embedded Linux [& Allwell set-top box]

Sep 25, 2000, 15:39 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Lombardo)

"Building an embedded Linux device just got a whole lot easier. A new set-top box computer form-factor from Allwell (in Taiwan) enables embedded Linux developers to create great looking products without the hassle and huge expense of building it themselves."

"The box itself measures a scant 13.25 x 10 x 2.5 inches. It's black, and has only an ON button up front. On the back there are no less than 16 connectors. There's room inside for a small 2.5 inch hard drive, but if you can do without it and cram your application onto a DiskOnChip, then the machine is totally solid state -- no motor of any kind! The CPU is cooled by a very tall heat sink which is itself connected to another heat sink on the front of the unit by a copper pipe filled with water."

"I spent the rest of the day scrounging through the laptop graveyard looking for a 2.5 inch drive so I could get my Linux based IPSEC router software onto the 8MB DiskOnChip. A few days later, after rebuilding the kernel several times and adding a Netgear PCI Ethernet card, I finally have a working (and quiet!) IPSEC router."

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