Kurobox Hardware and Description

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What is the Kurobox?

The Kurobox is a small-footprint Embedded Linux-based platform for a personal server.

The most recent incarnation of the Kurobox, the Kurobox HG/WR, sports a 266Mhz PowerPC processor, 128MB of RAM, two USB 2.0 Ports, and a 10/100/1000Mbit network interface. The Kurobox comes without a hard drive, but supports any standard IDE (Parallel ATA (PATA), not Serial ATA (SATA)) 3.5" drive. The Kurobox runs on a Linux kernel, and has multiple options for actual distribution. Actually, any Linux distribution that supports PPC will work, but so far the community has ported over Gentoo, Debian, Fedora and Sylver's Distro (which is an updated and modified version the Kurobox's original embedded distribution).

To give you a rough idea about the Kurobox HG's power, it can transcode (decode and then re-encode to another bitrate) MP3's using LAME at about 25% faster than realtime. While not as fast as today's modern PC's, this is coming from a box that uses only 17 watts of juice. The tiny onboard fan (used to dissipate the hard drive's heat) is ultra-quiet at 22dB.

The KuroBox is not for the faint of heart -- there is no graphical installer, no "click here to launch your web server" button. However, if you know a little about Linux, or are willing to learn, the Kurobox is an excellent platform for a small space server.

Previous Kurobox Versions

These models are no longer available from the Revogear store, but may be found online at other stores.

The standard Kurobox

  • 200 MHz PowerPC
  • 64MB RAM
  • 1 USB port
  • 10/100 network interface

Kuro Box HG

The Kurobox is almost identical to the current Kuro Box HG WR, with the main difference being the power supply. The Kurobox HG has an internal 110V power supply, while the Kurobox HG/WR has an external "brick" 110V-240V switching power supply.


Kanji for Kuro Box

More details on the current Kurobox can be found at revogear.com. Revogear is a division of Buffalo Technology (USA) which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Melco.

Please email questions to John(at)revogear.com

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