Soekris net6501's now available



  • I got an email from them yesterday stating that the initial batch of boards is now available:

    http://soekris.com/products/net6501.html

    But, the tech note (http://soekris.com/net6501_technical_note) looks like the software isn't 100% done yet.  No USB booting for another few weeks, etc.  Looks like you'd need a SATA drive to use this until they finish the USB code.

    I've been interested in these since I first read that they were coming, but at the $410 price (for a board w/ 1 GHZ CPU, 1 GB ram, and case), it seems a bit high, even if all the code was complete and there weren't any remaining issues.

    Any other upcoming (or current) platforms that come close to this power and efficiency for less money?



  • I want replace a old pc for a FW Apliance but, IMHO the Soekris net6501 is not finished yet…
    maybe they need some beta testers!
    the price is not cheap and add 20 bucks for Power Supply!



  • way overpriced in my opinion. You can make an i5 4GB system with that. If power consumption is the reason for you buying this, well you are giving a premium for saving a few bucks with this under performer. Again just my opinion.



  • I've had one sitting on my desk since the end of last week, along with an Intel 311 SLC SSD.  Haven't been able to fire it up yet though, couldn't find my USB-to-Serial & null modem adapters, ordered new ones, and MonoPrice dropped the ball on shipping so I don't have them today either…

    @asterix:

    way overpriced in my opinion. You can make an i5 4GB system with that. If power consumption is the reason for you buying this, well you are giving a premium for saving a few bucks with this under performer. Again just my opinion.

    Power consumption matters, I don't want or need the power of an i5 system, nor do I want to eat the amount of space it takes.



  • Alright, mine is configured and ready to go.  I'm not sure I'll get around to swapping it in tonight, but definitely within the next few days.

    EDIT:  CPU "heatsink" is awful hot after 30 minutes of runtime.  They should have used something more than a thin, flat piece of aluminum on top of the core.  I've tossed 4 BGA copper RAM Sinks on mine, that should take care of it.  I had to do the same thing to a Jetway Atom board I bought a couple years back.

    EDIT 2: I also wish the case wasn't mint green, the picture made it look like it was beige with purple lettering, when in fact it's got a distinct green tint and the lettering is more of a gunmetal.

    EDIT 3: Backup/Restore never works right in pfSense, this is the 3rd time in a month where the restore hasn't gone correctly and left me with a broken system that I needed to reinstall and configure from scratch.  Anyway, regarding the first edit, the system cooled off a LOT when powerd was enabled.



  • I agree, you can get other Atom's for about 1/2 the price if you really want to go that route.

    @asterix:

    way overpriced in my opinion. You can make an i5 4GB system with that. If power consumption is the reason for you buying this, well you are giving a premium for saving a few bucks with this under performer. Again just my opinion.



  • Not meaning to hijack this thread. Just wanted to pitch in to this great community.

    i3/i5 system is not going to suck up $20/month of power. More like $2 o r$2.5 (use PowerD !!) even if you keep hammering the router with 30+ users. That's about $24 to $25 a year. Still cheaper than the under powered Atom junk.

    I used an i3 system for 6 months and now using i5 with 8GB RAM since past 3 months.. Haven't noticed much of a change in my electric bill. Keeping in mind I have now close to 50 network hungry bulldog users, dual WAN 100/16Mbps (50/8Mbps each) internet, 4 VLANs and network is hogged up 80% or more 24/7. Also to add on top of that, I am running Snort on both WANs, HAVP, Squid, SquidGuard & LightSquid.
    All this is in a small Thermaltake enclosure.

    Of course you don't need or want this. But keep in mind that later on if you don't need pfSense to run on it, you can turn it into a full blown desktop or Hackintosh.


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