mini-pc: fanless, bare-bones, with four ethernet ports - good as a router (pfsense) ~$200
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This box seems to have good features and is and cheap. But being from the AliExpress world, one never knows how good it is. I imagine that the biggest risk is that the cooling isn't satisfactory.
Why is this computer notable?
- four ethernet interfaces
- ethernet interfaces use Intel chips
- ethernet speed is 2.5G
- low power CPU (jasper Lake generation of Atom processor)
- CPU has AES-NI for crypto accelleration (older Atom processors often lacked this)
- two empty DDR4 SODIMM sockets support up to 64GiB of RAM
- one full-sized NVMe socket
- one 2.5" SATA bay
- no fan / low power
I just bought one with no RAM, no SSD, and no OS. I don't trust the quality of the vendor's SSDs.
This has no WiFi interface; I use separate Wireless Access Points for that.
AliExpress charged me $178.19. I don't actually know how I qualified for an additional discount.
Update: The sale is now over. The price went up to C$203.59. There is currently a vendor coupon for $3.95. @frugalcanuck found a 10% off coupon that worked for him. See aliexpress-com-mini-pc-fanless-bare-bon ... #p36243568
Shipping is free so it is unlikely to be via courier.
Note: there are better boxes. The ones I've seen are more expensive. See https://www.servethehome.com/cheap-inte ... er-review/ That one has a faster variant of the Jasper Lake processor.
My current routers use Zotac Zbox mini-PCs. They work well but have only two ethernet ports and a slower Atom processor without AES-NI.