[Soekris] net4801 Case and Features

Christopher Snell chris.snell at gmail.com
Mon Oct 11 09:12:04 UTC 2004


On Mon, 11 Oct 2004 10:03:17 +0100, Stuart Henderson
<stu at spacehopper.org> wrote:

> For many applications, booting over the network (PXE) is just as
> convenient (if not more so) than physically swapping/reprogramming
> CF. Usually all you need is DHCP and either TFTP or NFS on another
> machine.

It would be interesting, though, to be able to upgrade a production
router by simply pulling the CF through an external port.   This would
make for a very fast upgrade that could be performed by somebody
non-technical.  PXE booting is neat but not a very good option for a
production firewall, due to the DHCP requirement.

> The CF doesn't extend very far beyond the boundaries of the board,
> probably not suitable for external access even with a modified case.

Oh well.  Maybe this is something that could be addressed in a future
rev.: a CF port that is near the edge of the board and allows for
case-on swap-outs while keeping dust intrusion to a minimum.

Chris



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