[App_rpt-users] Small System Recommendations

Ramesh Dhami Ramesh at va3uv.com
Sun Jun 23 22:48:33 EDT 2013

12VDC - but they seem to be happy with 13.8V

I bought several off eBay.  I have paid as little as $25 for them and as much as $55.

I'll have to look at the Neoware boxes - especially if they can handle the DSP functions.  Ben, are you running them in a simplex or full duplex application?


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On 2013-06-23, at 10:43 PM, Robert Garcia <robert at n5qm.com> wrote:

> Ramesh and Ben,
> Thank you for your suggestions.  I really like the pricepoint on those
> Neoware boxes, it is worth ordering a few just to experiment with for
> sure!
> I will also check out the HP thin clients as they seem to be easily
> available as well.  What is the input voltage on those Ramesh?
> Robert
> N5QM
> On Sun, Jun 23, 2013 at 9:31 PM, Benjamin L. Naber <Benjamin at kb9lfz.com> wrote:
>> Robert,
>> I am using a Neoware CA-22. It is both server and node on one machine. I
>> do not have any other machines for my allstar node. While watching top,
>> the CPU has yet to get busier than 0.4. It is using DSP for audio, and
>> runs without fail.
>> It has 12Vdc input with a standard barrel plug. Not sure what the low
>> voltage cut-off is, but it runs fine on a SLA battery that just came
>> from an auto charger that goes to float after bulk charging brings it up
>> to 14.1V. The current draw varies, usually above 500mA at idle, and
>> about 750mA when I'm talking to or listening on the node.
>> It has a 1GHz processor, 1GB RAM and 1GB flash drive. I used what I had,
>> but you will have space left over if you are only able to get 512MB RAM
>> and 512MB flash.
>> I don't remember if I am using Limey Linux for VIA or i686. I am
>> thinking it's the for for i686 as I tried loading other linux distros
>> for VIA on there before I got into allstar and they just plain sucked
>> and didn't work for garbage.
>> ~Benjamin, KB9LFZ
>> allstar node 28569
>> On Sun, 2013-06-23 at 20:50 -0500, Robert Garcia wrote:
>>> All,
>>> I am looking for recommendations on small, preferably inexpensive,
>>> systems that are capable of running on 12v to take advantage of the
>>> redundant power systems at our sites.
>>> I would like it to support at least two nodes running simpleusb as I
>>> don't need the DSP processing capabilities.  The idea is that these
>>> systems would be connected to a port on an existing controller.
>>> I expect that HP thin clients are going to be my best bet, but there
>>> seem to be many different models so I don't know where to begin.
>>> Suggestions or thoughts?
>>> Robert
>>> N5QM
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