Wyse 9450XE Success!!

  • Just want to let everyone know that pfsense installs and works fantastically on the Wyse 9450XE thin terminal.

    The 9450XE is essentially a Via Epia with a 550Mhz C3 processor. It has integrated 10/100 and a PCI slot to put another NIC.

    Storage is done with a 256MB "flash disk" that plugs directly into the onboard IDE port. I wrote the flash disk using the physdiskwrite program and plugging the flash disk into an IDE port on my main windows machine.

    It's happily chugging away. Right now I have my cable connection maxxed out at 7.4Mbps and CPU usage is at ~15%. I'm also using the traffic shaper.

    If you search ebay, there are a few up for auction right now.. For pretty cheap too..


  • Wowsers, that's neat.

  • Thanks!!

    This unit is really neat.. I have a client who uses ~15 of them for a dual-monitor Citrix solution. They've been working for two years now and they run 24x7. We just had one fail with a bad ethernet port the other day. When I saw this one on ebay for $50 I snatched it up as quick as I could.

    It's fanless, uses a 12v, 4.5a power brick, and barely gets warm. I think Wyse may have underclocked the CPU.

    Here's a picture.


  • What kind of integrated nic does it have?  Forgive me if I overlooked it in your original post.

  • Integrated Via Rhine I think. It's detected as vr0.


  • in the literature (ebay ads, wyse site) it mentions internal 802.11b option – I'm guessing that means it by default doesn't come with wireless. any clue if that is internal usb or some proprietary header on the motherboard, or does it just mean "will take up the pci slot"? thanks...

    seems a decent little box to put wireless and a 4-port nic.

    EDIT: also, c3 means it is pc133 not ddr, yes? /EDIT

  • C3 is a processor.

    in this datasheet it say's somewhere something about "256MB DRAM Standard" so i suppose it's just standard DRAM hard-solvered onboard.

    Also if it the datasheet say's "integrated Wi-Fi 802.11b option" the "integrated" means mostly that it's onboard. But probably not all boards do have that option.

    • The board has a regular 168 pin 256MB PC133 DIMM that you can remove/upgrade

    • There is a "tray" just under the black part on the top left side under the vents. I guess it could be used to house a wireless unit. Wireless it not included by default. The tray is about 3/4 the size of a 2.5" laptop hard drive.

    • There are two IDE ports. One holds the 256MB ATA flash disk. The other one has a cable that goes under the motherboard and there is a cover you can remove under the base. The connector is a notebook IDE connector. Wyse uses it for their expansion dock. You remove the base and set it on the dock. It gives you a CDROM and some other stuff.

    • There are USB headers on the motherboard. USB 1.1 though I think.

    • Yes, it's a C3 Processor. The RAM is PC133.

  • I'm not sure if a 550Mhz C3 (which is even slower compared to Intel/AMD) would be much of an upgrade over a WRAP board.  Has anyone done any throughput tests?

    Right now my biggest issue with the WRAP board is I get only 1.8Mb of throughput through a 3DES VPN tunnel.  I have a site-to-site VPN at work and wouldn't mind getting my whole 6Mb of cable broadband to there.


  • I got a couple of these, was going to try pfSense on them.  How did you get the IDE flash storage from the WinTerm to show up on your PC?  I've tried several PCs, & even with the power jumped from the WinTerm & connected to the flash block they don't seem to show up as a disk device.  Any hints?


  • I picked up one of these on ebay. Installed 1.2.1 beta on it using a USB CDROM drive.

    Factory bios password is Fireport for those of you who are looking for it.

    I installed a 2.5" laptop IDE drive in it and used the 256meg IDE Flash for swap.

    I added an atheros based PCI wireless card and a USB ethernet adapter.

    Compared to the cost of a Mini-ITX system with power or an Alix system the $30 I spent on ebay was a bargain.


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