My router has a little PC-on-module called open application platform (OAP). 3Com called the same thing Open Services Networking (OSN module).
It’s a 1GHz p3 mobile with 512 or 1024MB ram and a 80GB disk plus 256meg boot cf card, and uses up two of the larger module slots in the router.
I had last written about my problems getting the module to work back here: https://deranfangvomende.wordpress.com/2010/06/11/msr-30-60-firmware-too-old-to-use-oap-module/
By now I have ordered a maintenance contract for the router. After the HP 3com buy, it’s of course called a CarePaq in HP style. 3 years of software updates and online support come in around $200 which is OK.
But to make things more interesting I had gotten a smaller MSR30-20 yesterday. It’s mostly identical to the MSR30-60, save the size and a different CPU.
But it also had a slightly newer firmware (probably just by 3-4 weeks) which included the OAP support. First thing to notice: It’s very logical but easy to do wrong: You have to be in global mode to access it, not in [System-View] – It’s a different device, so I think it makes sense to be configured like this.
I will be back with a summary post once it’s running.