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Re: Fanless x86 Server Recommendations
At 02:25 PM 29/06/2006, Ray Van Dolson wrote:
We're looking to acquire a couple small servers that can act as routers for us at remote locations. To minimize hardware issues, I'd love to get something that has no fans, can still run a fairly decent processor and preferably no hard drive (easy with an IDE CF adapter). It would need a couple PCI slots for quad port ethernet cards and a fairly robust tolerance to temperature variations.
Many mini-itx boxes dont have 2 PCI slots. You might be better going with a mini-itx solution and then use a small switch and trunk the NIC to act as a VLAN router. We have been using various embedded devices from Commell (http://www.commell.com.tw/Product/SBC/LV-667.HTM). They seem to work well and can deal with 45C operating temps and have decent hardware watchdog support (FreeBSD version at http://www.tancsa.com/watchdog/).