Tiny mini PC with four 2.5Gbps Ethernet ports ships with Intel Processor N100/N200 or Core i3-N305 CPU

The “M1 Pocket Mini Soft Router” is a tiny Intel Alder Lake-N OEM mini PC with four 2.5Gbps Ethernet ports that is powered by a Processor N100, Processor N200, or Core i3-N305 CPU and sold by various brands such as Kingnovy or Tuofudun Topton.

The pocket-sized computer comes with up to 16GB DDR5 memory, up to 1TB NVMe SSD, and features HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort USB-C video outputs, two USB 3.0 ports, as well as a microSD card slot and a 3.5mm audio jack.

M1 Pocket Mini Soft Router

M1 mini PC specifications:

  • Alder Lake-N SoC
    • Intel Processor N100 quad-core processor @ up to 3.4 GHz (Turbo) with 6MB cache, 24EU Intel UHD graphics; TDP: 6W
    • Intel Processor N200 quad-core processor @ up to 3.7 GHz (Turbo) with 6MB cache, 32EU Intel HD graphics; TDP: 6W
    • Intel Core i3-N305 octa-core processor @ up to 3.8 GHz (Turbo) with 6MB cache, 32EU Intel UHD Graphics; TDP: 15W
  • System Memory – 8GB or 16GB LPDDR5 4800 MHz
  • Storage
    • 1x M.2 M-key 2242 socket for NVMe (PCIe 3.0 x2) or SATA 3.0 SSD
    • MicroSD card slot
  • Video Output
    • 1x HDMI 2.0 up to 4Kp60
    • 1x USB-C port with DisplayPort Alt. mode up to 4Kp60
  • Networking – 4x 2.5GbE RJ45 ports via Intel i226V 2.5GbE controllers
  • USB – 2x USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) Type-A ports, 1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) Type-C port with DisplayPort Alt. mode, 1x USB-C port for power
  • Misc
    • 1x Power button
    • 1x Reset pinhole
    • Heatsink+fan for cooling
    • AMI BIOS/UEFI with support for auto power on, Wake-on-LAN (WoL) and PXE
  • Power Supply – 12V to 19V DC via USB Type-C port (12V/55W power supply provided); Note: this looks like another “non-standard” USB port without USB-PD support
  • Dimensions – 75.4 x 75.4 x 52.5 mm
  • Weight – 300 grams
  • Temperature Range – -10°C to +75°C
  • Humidity – 10%-90% non-condensing

Four 2.5 GbE Intel Processor N100 N200 mini PC

The M1 mini PC is said to support Windows 11, Ubuntu, and other Linux distributions. The design looks very similar to the Jasper Lake-powered iKOOLCORE R1 (tested with Windows 11, Ubuntu 22.04, Proxmox) and XCY-X66 mini PCs with basically the same features – including the four 2.5 Gbps Ethernet ports – and about the same dimensions (less than 1mm difference), but equipped with a newer 12th generation Alder Lake-N processor, LPDRR5 memory, and a 3.5mm audio jack. Note there’s still no wireless support, so you’d need to use one of the USB ports if that’s a requirement.

Prices vary a lot depending on the Aliexpress shop you purchase it from, and Kingnovy currently offers the best deals starting at $238 for a barebone model with an Intel N100, 8GB RAM, and no storage, and up to $477 with an Intel Core i3-N305, 16GB LPDDR5, and a 1TB SSD preloaded with Windows 11 Pro (OEM). Note that returning the product due to operating system compatibility issues may prove difficult, if not impossible, as the company states:

Intel i226-V is a new network card, suggest to install newest version of following systems with supportable kernel: pfSense-CE 2.7, OPNsense 23.x, pfSense Plus, OpenWrt, ESXi, Proxmox, CentOS etc. Please make clear before buying, DO NOT open dispute because of system issue.

M1 mini PC internal design

Via Liliputing

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Bill
Bill
6 months ago

It’s amazing how much can be packed into such a small space. However, in this case, when I read that operating system compatibility issues may impact returns, on one hand, I admire the up front honesty but on the other, it is bound to cause some hesitancy.

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