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Smallest network appliance yet?

Jun 10, 2014 — by Eric Brown 2,946 views

Aaeon’s 6.3 x 4.1 x 1.37-inch FWS-2250 is dubbed “the world’s smallest network appliance,” and has an Atom E3800, four gigabit ports, and 20W consumption.

Aaeon briefly tipped the Fedora Linux-ready FWS-2250 back in October in conjunction with Intel’s Atom E3800 (Bay Trail-I) system-on-chip announcement. The SMB/SOHO oriented appliance is said to support small firewalls, IDS/IPS, load balancing, network access control, bandwidth management, web filters, and anti-spam applications.

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Aaeon’s claim that the 6.3 x 4.1 x 1.37-inch device is “the world’s smallest network appliance” may depend in part on how you define the term. However, it’s the smallest net appliance we’ve seen with four gigabit Ethernet ports — the typical minimum.

A circa-2010, four-port Aaeon FWS-2300 with Pentium or Celeron CPUs measured 11.8 x 7.9 x 1.7 inches. Other four-port appliances have come closer, including a circa-2011, Atom D510 based ClearBox 100 measuring 7.1 x 5.9 x 1.65 inches. According to Aaeon, which claims the appliance is about 30 percent smaller than competitive solutions, the small footprint lets the appliance fit in tight spaces while reducing shipping costs.

FWS-2250, back view
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The system ships with an Intel Atom E3815 SoC, which is the most power-efficient of all the Bay-Trail-I processors, with a 5W TDP. It’s also the slowest, with a lone, 22nm “Silvermont” core clocked at 1.46GHz. You can also opt for a dual-core, 1.33GHz Atom E3825, with a 6W TDP. The low TDPs help the FWS-2250 achieve 20-Watt consumption, says Aaeon.

FWS-2250 detail view
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The FWS-2250 can hold up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and provides CompactFlash and optional SATA 2 onboard storage. Two of the four gigabit Ethernet ports can optionally be configured as bypass ports.


An RJ-45 console port is available, along with three USB ports, one of them a front-facing USB 3.0 port. A Mini-PCIe slot is optional. The temperature range is a modest 0 to 40°C, but there’s vibration and shock resistance in case you live on top of a subway.

Specifications listed for the FWS-2250 include:

  • Processor – Intel Atom E3815 (1x Silvermont core @ 1.46GHz) or Atom E3825 (2x cores @ 1.33GHz)
  • RAM — up to 8GB DDR3 via 2x SODIMMs
  • Storage — CompactFlash socket; optional SATA 2 port
  • Networking — 4x gigabit Ethernet ports (optional 1-pair bypass)
  • Other I/O:
    • USB 3.0 port (front-facing)
    • 2x USB 2.0 ports
    • RJ-45 serial console port
    • VGA internal header (up to 2560 x 1600)
    • KB/mouse internal header
  • Expansion — Optional mini-PCI socket
  • Other features — RTC; watchdog
  • Power:
    • 12V power-in connector
    • 40W adapter
    • 4-pin DC power out for HDD (optional)
    • Under 20W consumption
  • Operating temperature — 0 to 40°C
  • Vibration — 0.5 g rms @ 5 to500Hz with 2.5-inch HDD (operating); 1.5 g rms @ 5 to 500Hz (non-operating)
  • Shock — 10G peak accel., 11m sec. duration (operating); 20G peak accel., 11m sec. duration (non-operating)
  • Dimensions — 6.3 x 4.1 x 1.37 in.
  • Operating system — Fedora Linux; Windows

Further information

Samples of the FWS-2250 are now available for pre-order, with sample shipments expected in July. More information should eventually be posted at the Aaeon Network Appliance page.

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