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Headless box-PC has six GbE ports, runs Linux on G-Series

Oct 2, 2015 — by Eric Brown 11,141 views

Acrosser’s “AND-G420N1” compact headless networking appliance runs Linux on a quad-core 2GHz AMD G-Series SoC, and offers SATA-II storage and six GbE ports.

Acrosser refers to the AND-G420N1 as a desktop networking microbox, as well as a “cost-effective niche solution.” The networking appliance runs Ubuntu or Fedora Linux on an AMD G-Series GX-420MC SoC

The quad-core, 2GHz GX-420MC has a reasonable 17.6W TDP for such a powerful processor, in part due to having no GPU to expend resources on. What it does have, is Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) technology, which Acrosser says makes encryption faster on the AND-G420N1 than it would with DES technology.

Acrosser AND-G420N1, front and back
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The AND-G420N1 supports up to 16GB of DDR3 RAM, with storage handled by a SATA-II HDD bay and a CompactFlash socket. Six gigabit Ethernet ports are provided, with 2-pair LAN bypass. There’s also a console port, GPIO, and four USB ports, two of which offer USB 3.0 are brought out to the rear panel. One of the other two USB ports is likely the source for the optional WiFi kit.

AND-G420N1 rear panel details
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Specifications listed for the AND-G420N1 include:


  • Processor — AMD Embedded GX-420MC G-Series SoC (4x Jaguar cores @ 2.0GHz), 2MB L2 cache, 17.6W TDP, no GPU; AES encryption
  • RAM — up to 16GB DDR3-1600 RAM via 2x SODIMMs
  • Storage — SATA ii port with 2.5-inch HDD bay; CompactFlash Type II socket
  • Networking — 6x gigabit Ethernet with 2-pair LAN bypass (Intel I210-AT)
  • Other I/O:
    • 2x USB 2.0
    • 2x USB 3.0
    • Console serial port (RJ45)
    • 8x GPIO on header
  • Other features — watchdog timer; optional WiFi kit; optional rackmount kit
  • Power — 12V DC @ 60W input
  • Operating temperature — 0 to 40° C
  • Dimensions — 242 x 149.5 x 44mm
  • Operating system — Ubuntu with Linux 3.13 or Fedora with Linux 3.11

Further information

AND-G420N1 samples are available upon request at an undisclosed price. More information may be found in Acrosser’s AND-G420N1 product page.

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