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Looking for a hardware recommendation.

Hi folks,

I'm looking for a super-small, super-inexpensive board that I can turn into various projects. The specs are pretty simple:

1) I need it to support ethernet - a reasonable number of voltage inputs (like no more than a couple). 2) I need it to have a bi-directional parallel port; not necessarily a printer (but that would work) but something that would be able to be interfaced to opto-isolators. A minimum of 4 input/output bit devices would be cool.
3)  I need it to have a USB port.
4)  I need it to be able to DHCP/netboot from the wired network.
5)  It needs to be fan-less.
6) The price-point for the board itself needs to be in the $30 or less range (qty, say, 100).

The primary application is going to be a XMPP/Jabber interface and I need it to be able to run some version of NetBSD. A secondary application will be a SIP "phone-like" device.

Don't need serial/wireless/video/SATA/IDE/SCSI/RAID/etc. The less stuff the better.

The unit needs to be able to fit in a 'standard' desktop-router-sized case.

Any suggestions?


On 4/24/2012 6:23 AM, Andrius V wrote:

I've recently upgraded to Asrock X79 Extreme4-M platform. NetBSD (6
BETA) booted surprisingly well, however, the biggest problem was
unsupported NIC. Asrock uses Broadcom BCM57781 network chip in their
motherboards recently. NetBSD configures bge0 device but there is the
line that ASIC is unknown (bge0: ASIC unknown BCM57765 (0x57785100))
and network just doesn't work (DHCP doesn't assign any IP address,
manual configuration doesn't help too). I checked that FreeBSD already
supports device as BCM57765 B0. Would it be difficult to add support
for it? Should I file bug report for this? Thank you.

Andrius V

Dave Burgess
Cynjut Consulting Services, LLC
402-403-4434 (Phone, FAX, and Cell)

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