BeagleV – The first affordable RISC V Computer

A brief introduction to RISC V RISC-V is a very new architecture being introduced in 2010 by the University of California Berkeley. Although RISCV CPU’s aren’t overly powerful (yet!) they are very power efficient and they are very open in terms of licencing. Anyone can design, manufacture and sell RISC-V CPU’s without any licencing costs.…… Continue reading BeagleV – The first affordable RISC V Computer

Over:Board – Raspberry Pi CM4 ITX Motherboard

The Over:Board is an IO board for the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4. It is designed to use a standard PC ATX power connector and features a full size PCI-E 16x slot although its only running at 1x bandwidth and unfortunately it is not compatible with a GPU. The Over:Board It breaks out the following…… Continue reading Over:Board – Raspberry Pi CM4 ITX Motherboard

Nano Pi Neo2 NAS enclosure – a small Linux home Server/NAS

Introduction Whilst the FriendlyArm Nano Pi Neo2 isn’t the latest or greatest SBC on the market it has a huge benefit in that a aluminium 2.5″ NAS enclosure exists for it. The NAS board connects over the boards GPIO ports exposing a SATA backplane over a JMicron JM20329 USB to SATA bridge. Paired with the…… Continue reading Nano Pi Neo2 NAS enclosure – a small Linux home Server/NAS

The GL-MT300N A $20 hackable Linux Router

Introduction The Gl.iNET GL-MT300N is a $21/£19 travel router designed for WIFI on the go. The device runs a custom version of OpenWRT that is easily replaced with a standard release of OpenWRT making this device an ultra cheap hackable Dual NIC router/SBC. Specs The Gl-MT300N is powered by a MediaTek MT7628AN SoC featuring a…… Continue reading The GL-MT300N A $20 hackable Linux Router

ZimaBoard – A $70 Single Board Home Server

If anyone would like to ask ZimaBoard any questions directly please post them in the comment section below and I will ask them to reply. Running a home server on a SBC isn’t anything new, I’ve personally been doing it since the release of the Raspberry Pi Model B in 2012. However no SBC has…… Continue reading ZimaBoard – A $70 Single Board Home Server

ClusterHat Panel

I recently purchased a clusterhat from clusterhat.com for an upcoming project and I decided to build a web frontend to make management easier and to make this easier for novices. The panel has 3 primary features – Power On, Power off and Console. Below are 3 gifs which show each feature in action. Power On…… Continue reading ClusterHat Panel

NanoPI Fire 3 Review

I recently purchased two FriendlyARM NanoPI Fire 3’s for my homelab project. This is an honest non-sponsored review. The NanoPI Fire 3 is a small SBC that is slightly larger than the Pi Zero at 75x40mm. It features an 8 core Samsung S5P6818 CPU and 1GB DDR3 RAM, gigabit ethernet 1x USB 2.0 type B…… Continue reading NanoPI Fire 3 Review

C-SKY – The Chinese CPU Architecture in Linux Mainline!

Introduction C-SKY is a CPU architecture that is designed to be used in DVB set-top TV boxes. In Late 2018 Linux was ported to the C-SKY Architecture and accepted into Mainline. This is likely the last CPU Architecture to be added to mainline Linux. C-Sky Architecture C-SKY was recently acquired by Alibaba and the CPU…… Continue reading C-SKY – The Chinese CPU Architecture in Linux Mainline!