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Eglobal K8 Z3735F mini PC Includes Up to 2 Ethernet Ports, a COM Port and an IR Receiver (As options)

August 19th, 2015 3 comments

Most mini PCs based on Intel Atom Z3735F have very similar specifications, but at least one company – Eglobal Technology – is providing some extra options with their mini PC as they offer dual Ethernet (which they call “Router”), a COM port and an IR receiver as options.

Eglobal_K8 Eglobal K8 specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Atom Z3735F “Bay Trail” quad core processor @ 1.33 GHz (Bust freq: 1.83 GHz) with Intel HD graphics
  • System Memory – 2 GB DDR3L
  • Storage – 32 GB eMMC + micro SD card slot (up to 128GB)
  • Video Output – HDMI
  • Audio I/F – HDMI, 3.5mm earphone jack, 3.5mm microphone jack
  • Connectivity
    • Standard – 1x 10/100M Ethernet,  802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0
    • Option – One extra 10/100M Ethernet port
  • USB – 4x USB 2.0 host
  • Misc – Power Button, optional IR receiver, optional COM port (DB9)
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – 107 x 107 x 25 mm
  • Weight – 250 grams

The mini PC ships with a power adapter, and a “mini HDMI” cable, and Windows 8.1 is pre-installed, but probably not activated. This could also be used as a low power Linux server, although the interfaces are only Fast Ethernet, and 802.11 b/g/n WiFi.

Z3735F_Dual_Ethernet_serial_portThe device is available on Aliexpress, where you have two options: “No router” for $113.04 and “With Router” for $127.29, both prices including shipping. It’s pretty clear what you get with the “No router” option, and although you should get the extra Fast Ethernet port with the second option, it’s unclear whether the COM port and IR receiver are included.  I did not get any answer to my online chat questions.

Via AndroidPC.es.

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Google OnHub 802.11ac WiFi Router Also Supports Bluetooth 4.0, Zigbee/Thread, and Automatic Firmware Upgrades

August 19th, 2015 No comments

Google has just announced OnHub, a $200 router designed in cooperation with TP-Link which the company claims will be “fast, secure, and easy to use”.  It should indeed be fast as it’s a Class AC1900 router capable of 600 Mbps with 802.11n and 1300 Mbps with 802.11ac. Router are gateways between home networks and the Internet, but most of them aren’t updated automatically, leaving them vulnerable to attacks, while OnHub should get its firmware regularly updated over-the-air and include a Trusted Platform Module (TPM), making it more secure. Finally, Android and iOS apps are available to easily manage the router.

OnhubOnHub (TGR1900) router specifications:

  • WiSoC – Qualcomm Atheros IPQ8064 dual core Krait processor @ 1.4 GHz
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3L
  • Storage – 4GB eMMC, 8MB NOR flash
  • Connectivity
    • 802.11 b/g/n 3×3 with smart antenna
    • 802.11 a/n/ac 3×3 with smart antenna
    • AUX wireless (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 1×1) – I don’t understand what this means/is for yet…
    • 10/100/1000M Mbps WAN and LAN port (QCA9337 Gigabit switch)
    • Compatible with Zigbee/Thread , Bluetooth 4.0
    • Wireless Security – WPA2-PSK
    • 13 antennas in total
    • Supports up to 128 devices over WiFi
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0
  • Audio – 3W Speaker
  • Security – Infineon SLB 9615 Trusted Platform Module
  • Misc – 6x tri-color array LEDs, ambient light sensor
  • Power Supply – 12V/3A DC, 100-240V 50-60Hz AC
  • Dimensions – 19.05 cm (H) x 11.68 cm ()
  • Weight – 860 grams

The router appears to run Gentoo Linux based on the open source licenses page. Android 4+ and iOS 7+ apps will be released in the next few weeks, but in the meantime, some  more details can be found on the router’s support site, which explains a little how to use the app, and that Bluetooth and 802.15.4 radios are currently turned off and inactive, but eventually they’ll be useful for home automation.
Onhub_AppThe router will launch on August 31, 2015 for $199.99 in various online and brick-and-mortar shops, such as Amazon US, Newegg or Walmart, but unfortunately it will only be available in the US, and soon in Canada. You may want to checkout OnHub router pages on Google and TP-Link websites for further details.

Thanks to Nanik for the tip.

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Updated Ethernet & WiFi HDD Enclosure Supports 300Mbps with Mediatek MT7620N Processor

August 14th, 2015 2 comments

I featured an HDD enclosure with WiFi and Ethernet on CNX Software a few months ago, and several people were interested, bought one, and found out it was running OpenWRT, and easily to adapt to your needs, although some people complains it was not able to connect as a client. There’s now a new model, looking similar, by powered by Mediatek MT7620N and supporting 300 Mbps WiFi.

Kimax_300Mbps_HDD_EnclosureWhile hardware specifications were not published with the first model, the manufacturer decided to release the full specifications for the new model:

  • Processor – Mediatek MT7620N MIPS processor @ 580 MHz
  • System Memory – 64MB DDR1
  • Storage
    • 16MB SPI flash for firmware
    • SATA interface for 2.5″ HDD up to 2TB (10TB is shown in the description)
    • File systems – FAT32, NTFS, EXT64 (Sic.).
  • Connectivity
    • 2.4GHz WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n 2×2 up to 300 Mbps with 2 internal antennas
    • Wireless security – WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK/AES encryption, Intelligent QoS management system, Wireless Access control, SSID hiding
    • Wi-Fi repeater mode
    • 10/100M Ethernet port
    • 3G supported via USB
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 host port, 1x USB 3.0 OTG port
  • Misc – Reset pinhole, LEDs for power, WiFi, Ethernet, SATA, USB, and battery charge level
  • Battery – 4,000 mAh polymer battery
  • Power Supply – Via USB 3.0 OTG port
  • Dimensions – 145 x 90 x 21 mm (plastic + metal housing)

WiFi_Ethernet_SATA_EnclosureThe operating systems is called “Ki Smart Router System”, but it’s likely to be based on OpenWRT, like the previous model from Kimax. The enclosure supports SAMBA, FTP, and “KI intelligent storage server” to share data over the network, and can be configured & managed via its web interface.

This new “mini NAS” can be found on Aliexpress for $39.90. Kimax does not seem to have a website, or maybe it’s just a brand used by retailers, but I could find another manufacturer or reseller called “Shenzhen Dowdon Tech” selling a similar device based on MT7620n on Alibaba.

Thanks to Roel for the tip.

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WiTi OpenWRT Router Board Features 6 Ethernet Ports, Dual Band WiFi, SATA and USB 3.0 Ports (Crowdfunding)

August 12th, 2015 25 comments

If you thought FireWRT router board had impressive features and but still wanted more, a new product is coming soon. WiTi is also a board powered by Mediatek MT7621A dual core processor @ 880MHz, but with 4 Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports, 2 Gigabit WAN ports, 802.11 b/g/n and 802.11ac WiFi with up to 4 external antennas, two SATA ports, as well as a USB 3.0 port.

WiTiWiTi board specifications:

  • Processor – Mediatek MT7621A dual core (4 threads) MIPS 1004Kc processor @ 880Mhz
  • System Memory – 256MB Memory (up to 512MB later)
  • Storage – 16MB SPI NOR flash for firmware, 1x micro SD slot, and 2x SATA 3.0 ports supporting 3.5″ hard drives. There’s also an optional NAND flash (not included in any Indiegogo rewards)
  • Connectivity
    • 2.4 GHz WiFi 802.11b/g/n up to 300Mbps
    • 5 GHz WiFi 802.11a/n/ac up to 867Mbps
    • 2x Gigabit Ethernet WAN ports
    • 4x Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports
    • 4x RF Antenna Connectors
  • USB – 1 USB3.0 port
  • Expansion – 30-pin header including USB, I2S, JTAG, UART, and GPIO signals
  • Debugging – 4-pins serial debug port
  • Misc – RTC battery, 1x WPS/GPIO key,  1x reset key, LEDs for power, SATA, WiFi (2x), and LAN (4x)
  • Power Supply – 12V/2A
  • Dimensions – 16 x 10 cm
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The board runs OpenWRT. MQmaker is the company behind the project, and is headed by Benn Huang co-founder of CubieTech. The website is still work in progress with very few technical details, but the forum is working. WiTi board comes with a 12V/2A power adapter,  two external antennas, two SATA cables (data + power), a USB to TTL board for debugging, and a acrylic enclosure.

The board can be had for $59 (early bird) or $69 via the Indiegogo campaign (flexible funding) with shipping being $20 for most of the world, except China, where it will be shipped for just $5. Delivery is scheduled for September 2015.

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FireWRT is an OpenWRT 802.11ac Board Powered by Mediatek MT7621A Processor

May 14th, 2015 13 comments

There are plenty of low cost 802.11n routers or boards supporting OpenWRT, even starting at $10 or less such as A5-V11 mini router, but if you’re looking for something a bit more powerful with 802.11ac connectivity, options are much more limited, especially if you need something at a lower cost. One option is Xiaomi MiWiFi router based on Mediatek MT7620A with 64MB RAM, and T-Firefly team is now working on FireWRT board based on the more powerful MT7621A processor coupled with 512 MB RAM, and 16 MB SPI flash.

FireWRTFireWRT specifications:

  • Wi-Fi SoC – Mediatek MT7621A dual core MIPS 1004Kc processor @ 880MHz
  • System Memory – 512 MB DDR3 (Beta version: 256 MB)
  • Storage – 16 MB SPI flash memory, 2x SATA 3.0 ports, micro SD card slot
  • Wi-Fi
    • 802.11 b/g/n @ 2.4GHz up to 300Mbps
    • 802.11 a/n/ac @ 5 GHz, up to 867Mbps (AC1200 class router)
    • External High-Gain Antennas – 2x for 2.4GHz, 2x for 5GHz
  • Ethernet – 2x LAN (Gigabit Ethernet), 1x WAN (Gigabit Ethernet)
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 host port, 1x USB 3.0 port
  • Expansion
    • mini PCIe slot (multiplexed with SATA), on the back of the board
    • 2x 32-pin headers with GPIO, I2C, I2S, UART, NFC, JTAG, RGMII, 12V, 5V, 3.3V, GND
  • Misc – Power, WPS and reset keys. LEDs for Ethernet, WiFi, SATA, and power
  • Power – 12V/2A
  • Dimensions – 125 x 93.5 mm

OpenWRT_SATA_USB_3_PCIeThe boar runs OpenWRT, and the company has already released binary images, source code (U-boot, OpenWRT SDK), schematics (PDF), and mechanical files on the project’s download page, as well as some WIP documentation on the Wiki.

You can’t purchase the board directly on Aliexpress yet, but the company launched a beta program to allow developers to purchase a $69 kit including FireWRT board, a 12V/2A power adapter, an acrylic enclosure, a SATA cable, an heatsink, and a USB TO TTL UART Module. Please note that this beta board only has 256 MB RAM instead of 512 MB for the final version.

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A5-V11 Mini Router Runs OpenWRT (Linux) For Just $8

March 29th, 2015 14 comments

In case you you still think OpenWRT capable NEXX WT1520 router is still too expensive at $15, what about an $8 OpenWRT router? That’s what LY mini wireless router costs including shipping, and it’s better known as A5-V11, the name of its PCB.

A5-V11_OpenWRT_RouterIt’s not exactly a 3G/4G router as the casing implied, but it does support external USB 3G/4G dongles like most other routers with USB on the market.

A5-V11 specifications:

  • SoC – Mediatek/Ralink) RT5350F MIPS processor @ 360MHz
  • System Memory – 32MB RAM (W9825G6EH-75). Some people reported theirs only have 16MB RAM, so YMMV.
  • Storage – 4MB NAND flash (Pm25LQ032)
  • Connectivity – Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n up to 150 Mbps; 1x 10/100M Ethernet
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 host port, 1x micro USB port for power
  • Misc – Power LED, factory reset pinhole
  • Power – 5V via micro USB port
  • Dimensions –  6.1 x 2.3 x 1.4 cm

Contrary to WT1520, A5-V11 is already part of OpenWRT trunk, but the firmware image is not automatically built yet. Fully details can be found on OpenWRT Wiki. If you connect a serial board, you may have to add a 470 Ohm to 1 KOhm resistor to the Rx pin to prevent the board from hanging at boot time.

The router can be purchased on Aliexpress for $8.25 including shipping, DealExtreme for $10.86 (with 32MB RAM), or Ebay for $8.72. It might be on other websites too, but since it’s an OEM product without clear branding it may be difficult to find.

Thanks to Maurer for the tip.

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$15 NEXX WT1520 Wi-Fi Router Supports OpenWRT

March 29th, 2015 15 comments

TP-Link WR703N is a popular low cost router well supported by OpenWRT that costs about $23 shipped. But there’s now a new cheaper router that’s been mentioned in comments on CNX Software a few times, with a different processor, but otherwise similar specs plus an extra Ethernet port. NEXX WT1520 is powered by Mediatek RT5350F, sells for $15 including shipping from sites like Banggood, Aliexpress and eBay, and can run OpenWRT, although it’s not officially supported yet.

NEXX_WT1520NEXX WT1520(F/H) specifications:

  • SoC – Mediatek (previously Ralink) RT5350F MIPS processor @ 360MHz
  • System Memory – 32MB RAM
  • Storage – 4MB NAND flash
  • Connectivity:
    • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n up to 150 Mbps with built-in PIFA antenna
    • 2x 10/100M Ethernet (LAN and WAN)
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 host port, 1x micro USB port for power
  • Misc – Status LED, reset pinhole, power button
  • Power – 5V via micro USB port
  • Dimensions –  63 x 43 x 17mm
  • Operating temperature – 0 – 40  C

Some shops can the router WT1520F, while others WT1520H, or even just WT1520, and I’m not sure if there are differences between the two or three models. The router has already been teared down, and serial port connected as shown in the picture below (Source: OpenWRT Wiki).

WT1520 Board with Serial Connection (Click to Enlarge)

WT1520 Board with Serial Connection (Click to Enlarge)

GPIOs do not seem to be easily accessible, so in case you need I/Os or/and an even smaller form factor, you’d probably be better off with something like Vocore + Dock that currently sells for $45 with a serial board, as well as a larger NAND flash.

[Update: WT1520 big brother WT3020 based on Mediatek MT7620 seems to be more popular, sells for $17, and also officially supports OpenWRT]

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Add Network Connectivity to 2.5″ SATA Drives With Wi-Fi & Ethernet Enclosures

March 2nd, 2015 44 comments

One person asked if there were solution to add Wi-Fi or Ethernet to hard drives similar to what Zsun Wifi Card Reader does with micro SD card. Provided solution include buying a low cost router with USB such as TP-Link WR703N, and the Pogoplugs which are pretty good, especially since you can install Debian or Arch Linux ARM, but are only available at low cost if you live in North America. But I’ve now been made aware of 2.5″ SATA HDD enclosures selling for around $40 that also come with Wi-Fi and Ethernet, and provide a compact way to add networking to hard drives.

Wi-Fi_HDD_EnclosureSpecifications for the aforelinked Wi-Fi HDD Enclosure:

  • Connectivity
    • 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. Modes: AP + Client; AP + WAN Bridge; AP + WAN router
    • Ethernet
    • 3G possible via USB port
  • HDD – Supports up to 2TB HDD
  • USB – 1x micro USB port for charging, 1x USB 2.0 host port, 1x USB 3.0 device port
  • Misc – Power button, LEDs
  • Battery – 4000 mAh LiPo battery good for 5 hours of continuous HDD use (as I understand it)
  • Dimensions –  145 x 90 x 21 mm (plastic + metal)
  • Weight – 600 grams

Wi-Fi_HDD_Enclosure_AccesoriesThe enclosure is compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android operating systems, and is said to support webdav and SAMBA, so standard apps like File Explorer, Nautilus, ES File Explorer, etc.. should work with the device. It can also be used as a USB hard drive, and power bank. The Wi-Fi HDD enclosure is sold with a USB Y-cable compatible with both USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports,  another white USB cable for power, a few screws, a screwdriver, and a user manual. Configuration is just like a router, you connect to a default IP address (192.168.169.1), and enter the default username and password (KIMAX) to configure the Wi-Fi enclosure.

I also looked for internal pictures, and could not find any, but Anandtech reviewed a similar type of product (Patriot Gauntlet 320), and they found Ralink 5350F WiSoC commonly found in routers with 64MB RAM, and a USB 3.0 to SATA bridge, so the solution above is likely to be similar with a low cost Qualcomm, or Ralink (now Mediatek) router SoC.

I’ve select the product above, because at $38 shipped it’s one of the cheapest I could find, but you have other options on Aliexpress, DX, Ebay, and more.

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Categories: Hardware, Linux Tags: ethernet, router, storage, wifi