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Tiny Apollo Lake net appliance features 4x GbE and dual USB 3.0

Oct 5, 2017 — by Eric Brown 1,542 views

[Updated: Oct 6] — Aaeon announced a compact “FWS-2272” networking appliance with a Celeron N3350, 2x USB 3.0, 4x GbE, SATA III, mini-PCIE, and 8GB of RAM and eMMC.

Aaeon’s new Apollo Lake based FWS-2272 updates last year’s Bay Trail FWS-2251 with a faster processor, a second USB 3.0 port, and eMMC storage, among other minor upgrades. However, it also drops from 3x mini-PCIe slots to one. The device supports firewall, load balancing, network access control, software define management, vCPE,and UTM applications, says Aaeon.

FWS-2272, front and back
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The FWS-2272 trims down on all sides to achieve a modest 155 x 92 x 32mm footprint, which Aaeon claims is the “smallest physical design on the current market,” presumably referring to net appliances. Like the FWS-2251, it supports only a modest 0 to 40°C range, but provides vibration and shock resistance of 0.5Grms at 5 to 500Hz and 10 G peak acceleration (11m/sec), respectively.

The FWS-2272 is limited to Intel’s dual-core, 2.3GHz Celeron N3350 with 6W TDP. No OS is listed, but Linux should be right at home here.

FWS-2272 detail view
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This is the first device we’ve seen that offers 1GB of onboard DDR4 RAM, as well as up to 8GB of DDR3L. The appliance replaces the earlier CFast slot with 8GB of eMMC, and the previous SATA DOM connection has been upgraded to SATA III. The single mini-PCIe slot is accompanied by a SIM socket.


Four GbE ports are onboard, and you now get two USB 3.0 ports and a console port. Other features include an RTC, watchdog, LEDs, reset and power buttons, and pin headers for VGA and keyboard/mouse. TPM is now offered as an option, and the fanless 12V device ships with a 24W adapter.

Further information

The FWS-2272 appears to be available now at an undisclosed price. More information may be found at Aaeon’s FWS-2272 product page.

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2 responses to “Tiny Apollo Lake net appliance features 4x GbE and dual USB 3.0”

  1. iridiumsat says:

    I think it’s not a WAN port, it’s RS-232 console port.
    You can get this same platform from Aliexpress for a while.

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