SBC Comparison Chart

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ALIX.2D2 ALIX.6E1 ALIX.6F2 ALIX.2D13 ALIX.3D2 ALIX.3D3 GW2345 GW2348-2-CF
CPU AMD Geode LX800
500 MHz
AMD Geode LX800
500 MHz
AMD Geode LX800
500 MHz
AMD Geode LX800
500 MHz
AMD Geode LX800
500 MHz
AMD Geode LX800
500 MHz
Intel IXP425
533 MHz
Intel IXP420
266 MHz
RAM / Flash 256 MB 256 MB 256 MB 256 MB 256 MB 256 MB 64 MB / 16 MB 64 MB / 8 MB
Ethernet Ports (10/100) 2 2 2 3 1 1 5 2
mini PCI slots 2 1 1 1 1 2 4 2
miniPCI Express 1 1
SIM socket Single Dual
USB Slots 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 0
CF Slot Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
IDE Interfaces 1 x CF Type I/II
1 x 2.5" HDD1
1 x CF Type I/II
1 x 2.5" HDD1
1 x CF Type I/II
1 x 2.5" HDD1
1 x CF Type I/II
1 x 2.5" HDD1
1 x CF Type I/II 1 x CF Type I/II . .
Power (Unloaded/ Loaded with miniPCI ∨ USB) Typical 5W @ 12V, 3-4W at Linux idle, peak ~ 6W / ?? same same same Typical 5W @ 12V, 2.5-3.5W at Linux idle, peak ~ 5W / ?? same 3W / 14W 4W / 9W
Min / Max Power Range 7VDC to 20VDC same same same same same 6-28VDC 9-48VDC
Power Over Ethernet Passive Passive Passive Passive Passive Passive 802.3af 802.3af
PXE Boot (network) Y Y Y Y Y Y . .
Board Size 6" x 6" / 152.4 mm x 152.4 mm 6" x 6" / 152.4 mm x 152.4 mm 6" x 6" / 152.4 mm x 152.4 mm 6" x 6" / 152.4 mm x 152.4 mm 3.94" x 6.3" / 100 mm x 160 mm 3.94" x 6.3" / 100 mm x 160 mm 4" x 6" / 101.6 mm x 152.4 mm 4" x 6" / 101.6 mm x 152.4 mm
Operating Temperature 0 - 50°C 0 - 50°C 0 - 50°C 0 - 50°C 0 - 50°C 0 - 50°C 0 - 70°C 0 - 70°C
Operating Systems 3-8 3-8 3-8 3-8 3-8 3-8 1,2 1,2
ALIX.2D2

Board

Cases:
Black
Silver
Red

Kits:
Black
Silver
Red

Systems:
Black
Silver
Red

ALIX.6E1

Board

Cases:
Black
Silver
Red

Kits:
Black
Silver
Red

Systems:
Black
Silver
Red

ALIX.6F2

Board

Cases: Black
Silver
Red

Kits:
Black
Silver
Red

Systems:
Black
Silver
Red

ALIX.2D13

Board

Cases:
Black
Silver
Red
Blue

Kits:
Black
Silver
Red
Blue

Systems:
Black
Silver
Red
Blue

Racks:

1U single CPU

1U dual CPU

ALIX.3D2

Board

Cases:
Silver

Kits:
Indoor Kit
Silver
Outdoor Kit

Systems:

ALIX.3D3

Board

Cases:
Silver

Kits:
Indoor Kit

Systems:

GW2345

Board
Indoor Kit

GW2348-2-CF

Board

Cases:

Kits:

Systems:

OS Types:

  1. Linux, OpenWRT
  2. VxWorks
  3. Linux: iMedia ALIX Linux, Voyage Linux, Meshlium, LEAF, Xubuntu Linux (8.04), Zeroshell, OpenWRT (Kamikaze), fli4l, gOS 3 Gadgets
  4. OpenBSD 4.0-stable and later (X11 and audio support in 4.3-current), Flashdist OpenBSD installer
  5. FreeBSD (m0n0wall, pfSense, STYX), NetBSD (v 4.0rc1, r.0rc3, 4.0 stable), NanoBSD
  6. NetBSD (v4, 5)
  7. FreeDOS, MS-DOS 5.0
  8. Commercially supported OSes are also available on some models. This is not a comprehensive list.

Quick FAQ: How to reach a boot prompt

When buying a ALIX board from Netgate, either separately or as part of a kit, be aware that you will have to perform several steps in orderto reach a boot prompt on your system. When you buy a m1n1wallor wireless ready system from Netgate, we perform several ofthese steps for you. Read on to see what will work best for you.

Regardless of the OS you use, you will have to create and/or copy a bootableimage to your CF card. For example if you plan to use pfSense, you willneed to perform the following steps (details of which are outlined by otherposts on the pfSense lists.):

  1. Potentially update the ALIX BIOS to the latest version. Go to this link for the latest download (http://www.pcengines.ch/alix2.htm) and there is a link there for the instructions for using FreeDOS.
  2. Download the latest version of pfSense to a CF card (many ways to do that), but make sure you download the embedded version. We use a CF reader/writer and the program physdiskwrite.
  3. Set up pfSense. Many people try to plug-n-play a raw download of pfSense. This won't work. Starting with the assignment of interfaces, the set up must be done, otherwise either nothing or unpredictable results will occur.
  4. We suggest that once you get a running system, use the backup capability to save your configuration in XML.

If you order an assembled system, such as any of the Netgate m1n1wall or wireless ready system products, Netgatewill perform steps 1, 2 and assign at least one interface (vr0) to the LAN foryou. You will still need to configure pfSense for your particular planned useand network setup, and backup the configuration file.

All specifications subject to change without notice.