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GIGABYTE GB-BXBT-1900 (rev. 1.0) 1 x 204Pin SO-DIMM Intel HD Graphics Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Good price-performance, small & easy to set up.

Cons: WiFi & Ethernet chipset are not supported by open-source Linux drivers; you have to chase down the non-free drivers and arrange to get them installed. Not too hard, but manufacturers should pressure Realtek to open-source those drivers.

Other Thoughts: I bought this to replace a Foxconn Nano-PC functioning as a Linux server that had developed hardware problems somehow. Easy to install Debian (except for the non-free RTL drivers, and updating the WiFi driver & options) and it's faster than the Foxconn, with 4x more memory. I'll probably buy a couple more to replace other small servers, too.

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Seagate Backup Plus 4TB Desktop External Hard Drive with 200GB of Cloud Storage & Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 - STDT4000100 (Black)
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Inexpensive, small, separate power. Works OK with Mac IF you turn off "Put hard disks to sleep when possible"

Cons: Mac & Seagate "idle/sleep" don't get along smoothly in some configurations, resulting in the Mac losing sight of the disk.

Other Thoughts: I adjusted the Mac's Energy Saver settings and haven't had any more trouble with the Seagate vanishing. Backups are happening as expected and I sleep better at night.

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BUFFALO AirStation HighPower N600 Gigabit Simultaneous Dual Band DD-WRT Wireless Router - WZR-600DHP
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Low power, single-purpose server using OpenWRT 02/06/2014

This review is from: BUFFALO AirStation HighPower N600 Gigabit Simultaneous Dual Band DD-WRT Wireless Router - WZR-600DHP

Pros: I use small WiFi routers running OpenWRT as single-purpose servers: mail, web, VPN, etc. The N600 is adequately fast, plus has a good amount of Flash, so I can configure a fairly complex server. I'll run Apache and WordPress on my most-recent system (the WordPress database will live elsewhere)

Cons: It's a bit of a hassle to build and install a custom, single-service OpenWRT, and a moderate hassle to unbrick the router if you screw it up while getting things running Just Right. But it can be done, and it's worth it to have a no-moving-parts, low-power server that you can tuck in the corner and forget about.

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David M.'s Profile

Display Name: David M.

Date Joined: 06/09/09

  • Reviews: 16
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 06/02/11
  • Last Review: 04/18/17
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