Aopen DE3250 Dual Lan Mini
Been looking to buy this box for a pfSense MiFi with 2 wifi modules and a 4G modem. Has all the slots i need but i dunno about using a SD card for boot. Always been a CF fanboy….
Pros:7.5W power draw both 12V and 19V
I see these on ebay for 275 bucks. Tax refund time so i need a treat.
Documentation is bad though. Manual doesn't show anything useful. Manual also says 1 full slot and one mini and mentions MSATA. Which could imply one of the full Mini-Pci-e slots is M-SATA and maybe exclusively. Hard to tell without pictures.
Add to the cons: No AES-NI, Dual HDMI, SD slot instead of cFast
For all their cons, they do seem to be nice rugged boxes that work fine as only and you're not going to do constant heavy AES.
Regarding HDMI: you could just disable those ports and maybe desolder them. Plug the holes, add SGABIOS via an OpROM loader and do everything using RS-232.
The problem with those rugged integrated kits is that there are as far as I know always purpose-built which makes repurposing them for something else either slightly flawed or in need of some hardware hacks.
Now, since you are talking about MiFi, I can only assume you are going to be mobile with this thing. The fact that it has a DC power jack makes that pretty easy, as you can basically use any common power source, including batteries. Due to its size and lack of break-off parts (it's pretty much just a brick), it'll probably live quite long as long as you don't take it for a swim.