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buzztenna
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« on: January 27, 2013, 08:49:39 AM »

Globalscale is now shipping the Smile Plug wireless media server:

http://globalscaletechnologies.com/p-57-smileplug.aspx
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« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2013, 04:34:51 PM »

It's a shame they don't seem to get the part of Moore's law where it both becomes more powerful AND CHEAPER.. It's been what, 3, or 4 years since the SheevaPlug came onto the scene. It was a huge success at it's price point and what it was capable of. Since then, they seem to keep coming out with ever more expensive devices. Notice the Raspberry Pi's success right now? It's ALL about the price. $35 is about where the SheevaPlug should be after 4 years of technological evolution.But really, at least hold the line on the $100 price point with new products. $200+extra for the JTAG is a real shame. And where's the eSATA port? Needs to have either eSATA or USB3, or both, to keep up with the times. USB2 is way too slow for modern hard drives, especially if I want to actually feed that gigabit ethernet.
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SheevaPlug - 8gb class 4 SDHC primary drive, 4tb 3.5" media drive, Debian Wheezy, nginx, Samba, Shorewall

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« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2013, 05:01:43 PM »

The SMILE Plug contains the Marvell 88W8764 access point, with support for 60 Wi-Fi clients.

I believe that this higher-capacity, beamforming, enterprise-class AP is a major part of the price.

The device has two USB3 ports, a MicroSD port and two Ethernet ports, one DHCP and the other manual IP.

My understanding of the SMILE Plug is that it is intended for use in schools, institutional settings, public venues and the like.

It comes with Node.js based software from the SMILE Consortium. Those are highly specialized web apps for classroom use.

It is an Arch Linux ARM computer so different applications can be loaded on it. The developers have stated that a new OS image is being prepared that will not have the complex educational ware on it.

I agree that the price should come down. I believe the SMILE Plug has a lot of promise and have been experimenting with my unit. There is no question that better docs and more use cases are needed.
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