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IPFire Prime Box

The IPFire Prime Box is a small (13 x 11 x 6.6 cm) network appliance box by Fountain Networks which consumes very few watts.


Processor Intel(R) Atom(R) N2600 Dual-Core CPU with 1.6 GHz, 1MB Cache, 3.5W TDP,
Processor features Hyper-Threading, 64-Bit, SpeedStep, NM10 Express Chipset on an industrial mainboard
Memory 2GB
Storage 16GB Disk-on-Module SSD (some prototypes were shipped with 8GB)
Connectors 1x HDMI connector, 2x USB 2.0 connectors (plus 3x internal USB 2.0 connectors)


The testsystem was delivered with a HSD630 SSD card with 8 GB capacity.


[root@ipfire-prime /]# hdparm -tT /dev/sda
Timing cached reads:   1276 MB in  2.00 seconds = 638.60 MB/sec
Timing buffered disk reads: 232 MB in  3.01 seconds =  77.18 MB/sec


There are two Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller (rev 09) chips (PCI ID: 10ec:8168). The system also comes with a Ralink RT5572 - 802.11 a/b/g/n Wireless Adapter with two TP-Link 2.4/5 GHz 5dBi indoor omni-directional antennas.


[root@ipfire-prime ~]# iperf -c -d -t 60
Server listening on TCP port 5001
TCP window size: 85.3 KByte (default)
Client connecting to, TCP port 5001
TCP window size: 76.5 KByte (default)
[  5] local port 39890 connected with port 5001
[  4] local port 5001 connected with port 49756
[ ID] Interval       Transfer     Bandwidth
[  5]  0.0-60.0 sec  1.57 GBytes   225 Mbits/sec
[  4]  0.0-60.0 sec  6.27 GBytes   897 Mbits/sec


When the system is idle, the temperature is ~45.0°C and did not get higher than 58.0°C (room temperature is ~17°C).

Power Consumption

The system comes with a 12V, 3.33A external power supply and consumes 8 watt when idle and about 11 watt when operating with some load.


The system is able to encrypt/decrypt data with the AES algorithm at a rate of approximately 22 MByte/s. This is fast enough to easily saturate a 100M Ethernet link (8 MByte/s).

[root@ipfire-prime ~]# openssl speed -elapsed -evp aes-{256,192,128}-cbc
OpenSSL 1.0.1k 8 Jan 2015
built on: Sat Jan 31 11:41:07 2015
options:bn(64,32) md2(int) rc4(idx,int) des(ptr,risc1,16,long) aes(partial) blowfish(idx) 
compiler: -I. -I.. -I../include  -fPIC -DOPENSSL_PIC -DZLIB_SHARED -DZLIB -DOPENSSL_THREADS -D_REENTRANT -DDSO_DLFCN -DHAVE_DLFCN_H -DSSL_FORBID_ENULL -DHAVE_CRYPTODEV -DUSE_CRYPTODEV_DIGEST -DL_ENDIAN -DTERMIO -Wall -O2 -pipe -Wall -Wp,-D_FORTIFY_SOURCE=2 -fexceptions -fPIC -fstack-protector-all --param=ssp-buffer-size=4 -march=i586 -mtune=generic -fomit-frame-pointer -DPURIFY
The 'numbers' are in 1000s of bytes per second processed.
type             16 bytes     64 bytes    256 bytes   1024 bytes   8192 bytes
aes-128 cbc      20412.63k    22040.85k    22561.79k    22673.07k    22735.53k
aes-192 cbc      17742.85k    18978.75k    19368.28k    19460.10k    19499.69k
aes-256-cbc       2756.67k     8055.53k    15530.07k    19950.25k    22121.13k

The system does not provide a Hardware Random Number Generator.

hardware/lightningwirelabs/prime.txt · Last modified: 2018/08/18 16:16 by Michael Tremer