Small form factor with two NICs and/or wireless

Michael Neumann mneumann at
Sat Jan 20 03:23:37 PST 2018

On Fri, Jan 19, 2018 at 10:37:42PM +0000, Pierre Abbat wrote:
> My laptop caracal just conked out and I've ordered a new one from System 76. 
> (This is the same laptop that I brought to Berkeley years ago to see if Matt 
> Dillon could load DragonFly on it. He couldn't, so it's been running Ubuntu 
> ever since.) My other boxen leopard (Ubuntu, May 2012) and zyxomma (DFly, 
> April 2013) are slower than caracal. Both are small-form-factor boxes from 
> Aleutia. System 76 sells a NUC with Core i7 (same as caracal, and same as the 
> new laptop), but NUCs appear to have only one Ethernet port, and one reason I 
> got the model I did for zyxomma (which they no longer make) is that it has two 
> Ethernet ports and thus can act as a gateway. Only five devices (one of which 
> is the phone) can get IPv4 addresses. I'm thinking of setting up some more 
> computers in the other room, so I'll need a gateway. Do you know of some 
> small-form-factor computers with two Ethernet ports, wireless which I can set 
> up as an access point, and comparably fast multicore processors which work 
> well on both Linux and DragonFly?

pcengines APU2, except "comparably fast", but perfect as a gateway. As a
bonus, it uses an embedded AMD chip, so you don't suffer from Meltdown ;-)

IIRC, someone on this lists runs DragonFly on it. I only have the 32-bit
version (ALIX), so I have to run FreeBSD on it.



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