Friday, 15 December 2006

Norhtec Microclient Jr

Christmas came early in the office on Friday afternoon when the new toy finally arrived all the way from Thailand. The Microclient Jr is basically an very small form factor PC that runs from a compact flash card.

It came preinstalled with Puppy Linux which it seems to cope with pretty well considering it's only running a 200Mhz CPU with 128MB of RAM. Web browsing isn't hugely practical unless you have a lot of spare time on your hands, however it does run Firefox with Flash 9 plugin which Kieron tried with some of our own Flash based applications.

On the front it has a couple of USB sockets, audio in and out and the CF slot. The back is crammed with more serial ports, ethernet, keyboard PS2 socket and a standard 15pin VGA socket.

One of the best things is the price. Starting at $120 it doesn't work out at much more than £60 in the UK. At this price its easy to think of lots of useful applications for the little box, the first thing we are going to try is running Nagios and see how it deals with serving some PHP pages.


Anonymous said...

Did you ever get Nagios running on your Microclient? Care to share the CF image?

Rob Smith said...

We didn't I'm afriad. Kieron spent a while trying to get it going but had problems with RAM limitations so it's currently sitting around not doing much. If you manage to get it running please let me know!

Anonymous said...

Hi !

I don't know if you intend to use it any longer as a brick, but I wouldn't mind having a second hand look at it ?


rob AtsIgN

許家豪 said...


It is DM&P company.
We has series of Mini PC product on the website.
If you are interested in the product, just go through the website and contact with us.

Thank you


Anonymous said...

I just want to ask where can I buy the MicroClient in the UK?

Rob Smith said...

We got it direct from