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Following is a listing of our most current knowledge-base articles.

  1. Comparison between Hacom Firewall Appliances and Cisco ASA Firewalls

    If performance and technical requirements are known and one is familiar with Cisco® ASA Security Appliances, the comparison tables are useful to select a comparable firewall for a particular application. Hacom offers several firewall systems utilizing the pfSense® software.

  2. IPSec Performance of Cisco ASA 5510 as Measured by IPerf

    Using iperf, the IPSec site-to-site throughputs of the Cisco ASA 5510 were measured at 66 Mbps for both 3DES and AES-256 encryption. In comparison, the Mercury pfSense appliance's performance was measured at 77 Mbps, and the Mars pfSense appliance's performance at 100 Mbps.

  3. Installing OpenVPN-ALS Java Application Server on Compact Flash Linux

    This is the third of the series on Compact Flash Linux. In the first part of the series, we have shown how to install Debian Linux on a compact flash in one of our systems: the OpenBrick-E 600Mhz Celeron-M. In the second installment, we have shown how to configure Linux to minimize the "wear-and-tear" of a compact flash.

  4. Compact Flash Linux - Part 2

    In the first part of the series, we have shown how to install Debian Linux on a compact flash in one of our system: the OpenBrick-E 600Mhz Celeron-M. In this second installment, we will show how to configure Linux to minimize the "wear-and-tear" of a compact flash.

  5. Compact Flash Linux - Part 1

    This is the first part of a 3-part series on how to install Debian Linux on a Compact Flash. The first part describes how to install Debian Linux on a compact flash in one of our systems: the OpenBrick-E 600Mhz Celeron-M. The second part discusses some optimization techniques to limit the "wear and tear" of the flash memory. It is a different approach than most embedded Linux systems. But in effect, we would turn compact flash Linux into an embedded one.

  6. Debian Installer with Serial Console Support

    Serial Console?

    Our headless systems don't have VGA output as well as keyboard and mouse connectors. They rely on the serial port for software installation. Unfortunately, the current Debian Linux CD-ROM installers don't seem to support serial console out-of-the box.

    Most of our systems also have serial console redirection support in the BIOS. It is a convenient way to check a pfSense firewall in a datacenter with just a serial-USB adapter and hyperterminal.

  7. Installation Manuals

    Installation manuals for the OpenBrick-E CV700A, Lex Neo CV700A and the Lex Twister CI852A and CI945A are available here. They contain information on how to add memory, hard drive and compact flash.

  8. Power Consumption

    Power Consumption Table for Hacom's Systems

    System Board CPU Memory Idle
    (A)
    Consumption
    (W)
    Memtest
    (A)
    Consumption
    (W)
  9. User's Manuals

    User's manuals for systemboards based on the VIA C7, the Intel Celeron-M and the Intel Core2Duo. Following is a comparison of some features in different CPU implementations. More information about individual systemboard are available from their user's manuals, which can be downloaded from this page.