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Network security device adds WiFi, runs Linux

Nov 12, 2007 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive

A Taiwanese network-appliance system integrator announced a wireless network security appliance that runs Linux. Drawing only 2.4 Watts, AR Infotek's fanless Teak 3018 is equipped with four auto-sensing Ethernet interfaces, plus WiFi, and targets SMBs (small- and medium-sized businesses).

The Teak 3018 appears to be almost identical to AR Infotek's 3011 model, which was released in mid-2006. The new device adds mini-PCI based WiFi, however.

The Teak 3018 reportedly is based on a 500MHz AMD LX800 Geode processor, along with its CS5536 integrated northbridge/southbridge companion chip. The system can be configured with 128MB to 512MB RAM of onboard DDR 266/400MHz RAM. It can boot from an internal CompactFlash or DiskOnChip flash module.


Typical application with redundant WAN links and DMZs

Housed in a steel chassis, the device measures 10.8 x 5.7 x 1.7 inches and is equipped with a drive bay for a 2.5-inch hard drive, according to the company. There's also a PCI expansion card for security applications, such as cryptography. The four auto-sensing 10/100 Ethernet ports include two ports with “bypass” function to maintain network availability in case of appliance failure.

The following lists the Teak 3018's key features:

  • Processor — 500MHz AMD LX-800 and CS-5536 chipset
  • Memory — up to 512MB of on-board DDRAM SDRAM
  • Storage:
    • 2.5-inch hard drive bay
    • DiskOnChip and CompactFlash sockets
  • Wired/wireless networking:
    • 4 x autosensing 10/100 Base TX (including two bypass); based on Intel 82551ER controllers
    • 820.11g WiFi
  • Other I/O:
    • RS-232 serial port
    • 2 x USB 2.0 ports
  • PCI slot for additional expansion
  • Dimensions –10.8 x 5.7 x 1.7 inches (275 x 145 x 44 mm)
  • Power — 20-Watt external AC power adapter

The unit is compatible with a variety of open source operating systems, says the company, including Red Hat, Fedora, FreeBSD, and OpenBSD.

Availability

AR Infotek did not disclose specifics on pricing or availability of the Teac 3018.


 
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