i’m looking for one to pack a credit-card-size router/wifi/vpn/sftp/cardav server. reading online i see that:
-the raspberry pi has the most dedicated/helpful community and they actually develop drivers for the tiny thing.
-there’s a gazillion of other makes/names, they all run some bastardized version of lunix and most likely they won't be fun for anyone who cannot write his own driver.
i can do all of the router/wifi/vpn/sftp/cardav server with openwrt on my router and i was once able to install irix on the crybaby o2 in half an hour but no i cannot write my own device driver.
my confusion started with hardware and the associated specs. my router’s specs are:
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Architecture: MIPS MIPS 74Kc
Vendor: Qualcomm Atheros
System-On-Chip: AR9344 (MIPS)
CPU/Speed 560 MHz
Flash-Chip: Spansion FL064KIF
Flash size: 8192 KiB
RAM: 128 MiB
Wireless No1: Atheros AR9340 2.4GHz 802.11bgn
Wireless No2: Atheros AR9582 5GHz 802.11an
Switch: Atheros AR8327N Gigabit Switch
USB: Yes 2 x 2.0 (GL850G chip - 4 ports capable)
and it does all i need the small box to do. all 3 routers are up and running for years, never had any problem so far. however, to my understanding, those single-board computers are more computer-esque rather than router-esque in terms of OS optimisation (or whatever you call it). so the ones that won’t run openwrt out of the box, will most likely come with some full-blown version of lunix: gui, bells, dinosaurs and that 1GB ram limit will likely start behaving funny.
my requirements are:
- small-size (must fit in the backpack with the basics),
- durable case (this will spend most of its life outdoors),
- 2 network interfaces (1 eth / 1 wifi),
- muscles to handle openvpn/ssh tunnels,
- compatible with openwrt (i can manage this myself just fine, yay!).
what would you suggest?
update: baseline specs + requirements