On Mon, 13 Dec 2004, Bryan Catlin wrote:
> We are expanding and wanting a smaller unit, instead of our normal regular
> pcs, for in the field installs. Most will be in semi weather proof areas
> like outdoor enclosures or at least protected from the elements but not
> necessarily heat and cold.
> So what I want to know is, is the Wrap or Soekris board more
> flexible/reliable to use? We may need the 3rd LAN port and have a thru put
> of about 10Mb and 45Mb in the future.
Each company makes a variety of products. I also don't know how price
sensitive you are.
I am price sensitive (home user) which lead me to purchase a WRAP.
Specifically I got the WRAP 1C-2 (3 LAN port model). This worked great
for months, and then I ran into some stability problems. Pascal (from
PCEngines) sent me a replacement WRAP 1D-2 which solved the problems. The
company was very easy to work with. I don't think that hardware failures
for the WRAP boards have been common, I only have read about one other
There isn't a completely comparable product from Soekris. The WRAP boards
have a faster processor than all Soekris boards except for the 4801 and
4826. The Soekris 4801 boards have some additional features over the WRAP
1D-2 such as a IDE port and USB 1.1 ports. Neither of these are necessary
for m0n0wall, so I ignored them.
The PCEngines stuff is much cheaper than Soekris. The Soekris 4801 is
$222 vs $147 for a WRAP 1D-2. The cheapest Soekris is about the same
price as the WRAP 1D-2 but uses a CPU with about half of the speed. This
is probably fine for m0n0wall today, but I preferred to have the extra
I don't think that you can really go wrong with products from either
company, it is just a matter of comparing features to cost for your