Jim Thompson wrote:
> I'd answer, but ... that would be commercial, and this is a
> non-commercial list.
This is EXACTLY the type of "commercial" information that is appropriate
to the list. You are not pushing your product, but providing on topic
information. I fine line, but a significant one. As someone else with
a commercial interest, I am not at all bothered by this post.
> You may wish to take a serious look at how much of m0n0wall you're going
> to be able to squeeze into that 4MB flash on the WP54, and how well
> FreeBSD is going to run in 16MB of memory. Oh sure, you can put more
> dram on the board, but it won't cost $75 then.
This is now a deal breaker. I had not looked at the hardware at all
when I expressed my interest. The amount of stripping to make it fit
would make m0n0wall unacceptable. The amount of money to upgrade it to
16mb flash and 128mb ram would make it no longer cost effective.
What I use as a currently available benchmark is a VIA based system.
System board $115
Memory 128mb $16
Additional NIC $5 (Duel or quad port possible)
Small Case $65
IDE Flash Drive $18
This system is small rock solid, very well performing, and readily
available with no notice. The only failure I have had was someone who
put a potted plant on top and over watered it. (Seriously...) To try
something new, it would have to offer substantial advantages over this.
That said, most of my systems are off-lease small form factor Dell
systems. I pay between $50-$75 for the system, and add a nic. In this
case, a smaller option for more money would be an advantage.
Disclaimer. Directron is not my company. I am a customer. I have no
financial interest in any company above.