[Server-devel] We need: examples of XS hardware in use --

akleider at sonic.net akleider at sonic.net
Wed Jan 13 22:07:18 EST 2010

Ray, May I ask:
did you use the D-Link AirPlus Xtreme G as is or did you reflash it with
openWRT or ddwrt?
what power does it use: a 12 volt DC supply?
I am (still unsuccessfully) looking for a usb dongle wireless device that
can provide this server for XO clients connectivity. Without such a device
I don't see how the various micro devices such as fitPC and AleutiaT1 can
be made to do the job. The ideal would be for Marvell to make easily
available their 'green antenna.'

> Hi, Martin,
> We haven't actually deployed an XS yet, so we are monitoring this thread
> to have a better idea what hardware we will use when the time comes for us
> to do a deployment.
> For learning/testing/training purposes we installed the XS software on a
> white-box PC with an Intel Celeron 2.67 GHz processor and 960 GB of RAM.
> It has a 100GB WDC hard disk.  eth0 is the on-board ethernet and eth1 is a
> 3Com NIC in a PCI slot, with a D-Link AirPlus Xtreme G plugged into it.
> HTH,
> Ray
> ----- Martin Langhoff <martin.langhoff at gmail.com> wrote:
>> List, David, Reuben,
>> We are getting increasing enquiries "what hardware can we use for an
>> XS in a school with N laptops?", and frankly the
>> http://wiki.laptop.org/go/XS_Recommended_Hardware is a bit slim on
>> concrete recommendations.
>> So I need your help -- I've added some info in the "hardware known to
>> work" section, but I'd like David to put more info on the exact model
>> of MSI Wind he's using, additional hardware, number of laptops
>> supported, and any extra notes.
>> Similarly, Reuben, I need more info on what hw the OLPCCorps crowd is
>> using.
>> And anyone else that's running an XS (hi Hamilton!)... we need your hw
>> profile and your numbers.
>> Additionally, I've added a 'server sizing' section. It'll be great to
>> get corroboration that the CPU/RAM to number of users match what you
>> are using in the field, and whether your server gets in trouble when
>> usage spikes.
>> cheers,
>> m
>> --
>>  martin.langhoff at gmail.com
>>  martin at laptop.org -- School Server Architect
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