Interesting board by Asus
What do you all think of this one?
Found here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/802007522/up-squared-the-first-maker-board-with-intel-apollo
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[Off-topic rant ahead]
ASUS, with a market cap of $2.4B, needs a kickstarter to make a miniboard???? I thought the entire point of KS was to help creators who lacked the resources to bring their product to market by giving them startup capital. Why does ASUS, or a subsidiary, need this? It's almost a given now that customers are beta-testers for software. Now we're to be their venture capitalists too, with almost no protection?
Otherwise, it looks like a nice little unit. It's getting to the point where it's almost hard to choose which of the many, many mini-PCs out there to run pfSense.
This comes from the same people who made the Up-Board, AAEON is an associate company owned by Asus and offer customization services.
I was interested in the original UP board, not necessarily for pfSense. The original board had a single Realtek NIC. I'm assuming the NICs on this one are Realtek too, but having two of them certainly makes running pfSense on it a little more palatable; not having to use VLANs for even a basic config is nice. I'm glad I waited on buying the original; I intend to pick up one of these and give it a shot.
Not sure about the kickstarter thing, but 89 Euros gets you the base model. I'd pay that. But then again, I'm a guy who bought the original Sheevaplug dev kit in 2009 for $100 and am still using it today.