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Netwinder OfficeServer Review
Netwinder OfficeServer Review - PCSTATS
Quick and easy solutions for building a network don't come easy. Rebel's NetWinder, did. We tested it with trial by fire, and it faired rather well...
 90% Rating:   
Filed under: Networking Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Rebel May 26 2000   J. Kupka  
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Netwinder OfficeServer Review

With the creation of many small internet based companies these past few years, coupled with the need to be online and accessible always , there has been a continuous search for the quickest way to get all things 'SysAdmin' done. But without the SysAdmin. Where a dedicated computer used to sit, little things like the Netwinder now stand. Engineered to do its thing, and do it well, this Office Server has all the components to do just that, basing itself on the loveable Linux Kernel. We were fortunate enough to have a chance to put one through its paces... so let's begin.

Sleek and small, the Netwinder just looks efficient.  It delivers internet access and email to every computer in an office, home or over a network.  More importantly, the Netwinder protects all of the machines on the network from outside tampering by mischevious forces.

As I pulled it out of the box, thoughts of 'I wonder how far I could toss this little guy if it causes problems' ran through my head... but seriously the appearance of the Netwinder is along one of those "it's really a technical piece of hardware, but make it blend in with the fax machine type deals". In fact looking at the front of it brings to mind visions of some type of remote control device, which in a way, it is. About the only things visible on the device are a power/reset switch, volume control and speaker, and some activity LED's.

The Netwinder comes with 12V 1.5A AC-Adapter, instruction manual, quickstart CD, and Corel's Print Office. A 1 year warranty and 90 day tech support round out the features that come standard, cd-player and power windows extra :)These are the vitals of the gear that Rebel packs into this football-sized office server:




StrongARM SA110 running at 275MHZ (For those that are curious, here is the official documentation  on the StrongARM)

Flash Memory

1MB Flash RAM



Disk Drives

10 GB IDE w/ 2.5 Inch form factor

Network Cards

  1. 10 Base-T Ethernet
  2. 10/100 Base-T Ethernet


2MB Video RAM


Serial Port, Parallel Port

Operating System

Linux, Kernel v2.2.9

Off of the top of my head, the only possible piece of hardware the Netwinder lacks is a modem.  Not every office that it is suited for necessarily has a cable, DSL or ISDN connection. In such cases an external modem would have to be used to dial up the ISP. Granted, for what this unit costs, you would expect high speed access to be a given. However, there still remain areas in the world which are not serviced by DSL or cable, yet still have a vital need for web security...

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Contents of Article: Rebel Netwinder
 Pg 1.  — Netwinder OfficeServer Review
 Pg 2.  Setup and installation
 Pg 3.  Functionality
 Pg 4.  Firewalling For Fun

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