SOHO NAS hacking paradise

I stumbled onto the Intel SS4200, which is intended as a SOHO platform for NAS.  Essentially it’s a small form factor PC, based on 1.6Ghz Celeron, 4 hot swap SATA drives, to be use as a home office NAS.

Turn out lots of other companies OEM this box (Fujitsu Siemens Scaleo is one).

Based on cursory Google search, there is a lot of people hacking this box.  It is very hackable, hw and sw wise.  One can add more memory (alas, only one slot, but you can go from 512KB to 2GB stick), upgrade the CPU (from Celeron to Core 2 Duo), etc.

Some useful links:

Update 01/14/10

Not that I have a lot of time, but I could not resist.  Company on eBay is selling a new SS4200-E for $135 (no drive, but 1GB RAM).  I’ve ordered one, and will start hacking once I have it.

Update 11/25/14

CPU can be upgraded from Celeron single core @1.6GHZ to Intel Core2Duo E4700 dual core @2.6GHZ

2 thoughts on “SOHO NAS hacking paradise”

  1. Just an FYI – Max RAM is 2GB, max CPU is an E4700. I have two of these with 4x2TB drives, both run WHS + VMWare server (free) and a linux VM. I’d go with a straight linux setup off an IDE DOM or CF adapter so the sata ports are just storage but my wife refuses to learn anything associated to a penguin.

  2. I’ve also bought the LG N4B1 (very nice looking NAS), it comes with a Blueray-RE (rewriter). Newegg has a great bundle, N4B1 + 1TB SATA drive for $309. So I got one….

    Heh, too many toys to play with… and even less time.