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 From:  Jesse Guardiani <jesse at wingnet dot net>
 To:  m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
 Subject:  Re: to Wrap or to Soekris that is my question?
 Date:  Tue, 14 Dec 2004 12:48:04 -0500
alex wetmore wrote:

> 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
> incident.
> 
> 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
> headroom.
> 
> 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
> specific application.

Also, check this out:
    http://m0n0.ch/wall/docbook/faq-performancespecifications.html

It appears that the WRAP boards interface with the VPN hardware accelerator
boards better. Strange.

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