The solution that I would choose this moment is the CuBox, it is not available in every country yet. If it is available, it will be added to the list.
I am using the Linksys NSLU2 with SlugOS installed. See my posts in Dutch about the NSLU2 arjanwooning.nl/tag/nslu2/.
The pros of the NSLU
- Low power consumption (5W)
- No problem to run 24x7, it does not get hot
- 2x USB 2.0
- Multi-functional (with SlugOS)
The requirements for the NSLU replacement
It is not easy to find a replacement for the NSLU. Of course the specifications needs to be better.
I made a Home Server (sorry again in Dutch) with the Point Of View Atom 330 ION Mini-ITX board. This solution is consuming 6 times more than the NSLU (30 Watt). And after all I need a small server board and no display connection.
For a long time I was searching for a solution like the NSLU, but with the following extra requirements:
- 1 Gb network interface
- > 256 MB RAM
- Processor > 1 GHz
- SATA interface
- Power consumption < 10 Watt
- Price < $150,-
It is not easy to find something like this and meet all requirements. I made a sheet and compared the boards/systems that I found.
The following table contains some interesting low-power boards/systems which I want to share.
|BeagleBoard-Xm DM3730||256||512||1,0||ARM Cortex-A8||100Mb||uSD||-||4||DVI-D||?|
|Guruplug-Server Plus||512||512||1,2||ARMv5TE||2x 1Gb||SD||eSATA||2||-||5||$129|
|OpenRD Ultimate||512||512||1,2||ARMv5TE||2x 1Gb||uSD||eSATA+ SATA||7||VGA||7||$249|
|Fit PC 2||-||1024||1,6||x86||1Gb||miniSD||SATA||6||DVI-D||6||$294|
I choose the Sheevaplug eSATA from these, it is not expensive. Good value for money. The OpenRD-Ultimate and the fit-PC 2 are nice, but a little to expensive for my needs. The Guruplug-Server Plus was originally my choise, but it is not fanless. And has a lot of temperature problems. This is not good for 24x7 operation.
If you have a board/system which fits my requirements, please react with a comment. I really will appreciate it if you good a good tip!