ITX-motherboards can often be found in older computers from garage sales or thrift stores. What is the practical use for these motherboards or older computers?
Here’s a small project that involves protecting your home.
After finding an ITX motherboard and gathering extra parts from broken laptops and computers, this project will put the software SMOOTHWALL Express onto the computer to make a mini firewall. Total cost?
- $22 250watt power supply
- $5 Gearhead mini keyboard
Athlon 64 X2 (B) 5400+ 2.8 GHz (65W)
800 MHz front side bus
- Manufacturer: Pegatron
- Motherboard Name: APX78-BN
- HP/Compaq motherboard name: Nutmeg-GL6E
240 Pin DDR2 PC2-6400 MB/sec
120 GB SATA 6G (6.0 Gb/sec)
Integrated on motherboard (NVidia 9100)
High Definition 6-channel audio
ALC 888S chipset
Integrated 10/100 Base-T networking interface
Added Broadcom wireless to create a wireless router
External I/O ports connections – 6 USB
PCI Express mini card socket – added Broadcom Wireless
PCI Express x16
PCI Express x1
- 2″ Fan for Chipset
In the video below, HAK5 shows just how to make a motherboard like this into a nice home router/Firewall.