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Re: small device with IP address

  • From: Michael C . Wu
  • Date: Sun Dec 24 14:27:59 2000

On Thu, Dec 21, 2000 at 03:23:45PM +0100, Mikael Abrahamsson scribbled:
| Does anyone know if there is a device somewhere that is small, cheap, has
| 1 10mbit (or 100mbit) ethernet port and a small IP stack that enable you
| to set ip address and default gateway on it (dhcp perhaps?).
| I would like to put something like this at some customers to use for
| pinging to see that the customer is reachable. Cost should preferrably be
| in the $50-$100 range.

No such devices at your price range exist that will do what you want.
Attached is a post to [email protected] recently.  

I personally like the PCM5823, because it is the only
one that does not have a PoS Realtek ethernet chipset. (It has Intel 82559.)

If you really want El Cheapo :

Simply buy the single board computer, a 32mb CompactFlash disk,
and a case.  Roll your own Linux (perhaps FreeBSD :P) CF image.
There are various already configured embedded *nix CF images
available somewhere online.

I am certain that they will give volume discounts. It would be
$500 per pop for the whole thing.  Also, if you know anybody who 
lives in Taiwan, their local prices are much cheaper than the 
prices for export.
| [email protected]         | [email protected] |
| | Yes, BSD is a conspiracy. |
From: Adrian Steinmann <[email protected]>
Date: Sat, 23 Dec 2000 10:14:22 +0100
To: "Michael C . Wu" <[email protected]>
Subject: Re: Small FreeBSD Implementation questions
Cc: Jon Bebeau <[email protected]>, [email protected]
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Google for "PC/104", "Embedded Systems", or "Small Board Computer"
and you will find more links than you'll ever need.

These are a few sites that are about "small" platforms:

I have been very happy with fanless FreeBSD boxes built with

including either a laptop disk or 32MB Compact Flash (for firewalls).

Adrian Steinmann
Dr. Adrian Steinmann  Steinmann Consulting  Apollostrasse 21  8032 Zurich
   Tel +41 1 380 30 83     Fax +41 1 380 30 85    Mailto:[email protected]

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