11/22/2016. This microbox network appliance was build to create OpenVPN bridges. It can saturate a 100Mbps link.
It is a small (serial console only) PC with 6 Gb LAN http://www.acrosser.com/upload/AND-J190_J180N1-2.pdf
You may have to add your own RAM and HDD/SSD. There is no VGA connector. But Acrosser provides a DB25 adapter for the VGA header on the motherboard (not used).
First thing you want to do is getting a more user friendly console to configure BIOS. Default VT100 brings a lot of issues. Configure VT100+ instead.
For practical issues change speed from 115200 to 9600. 9600 is the default speed at which both linux kernel and VyOS will reconfigure the serial port when loading.
Connect to serial (115200bps). Power on the appliance and press Del in the console when requested to enter BIOS settings.
Advanced > Serial Port Console Redirection > Console Redirection Settings:
- Terminal Type : VT100+
- Bits per second : 9600
Then save, reboot and change serial speed to 9600 on your client.
Some options have to be changed for VyOS to boot correctly. With XHCI enabled the installer can’t access the USB key. Enable EHCI instead.
Reboot inside the BIOS,
Chipset > South Bridge > USB Configuration:
- Disable XHCI
- Enable USB 2.0 (EHCI) Support
Create a VyOS bootable USB key. I Used the 64bits iso (VyOS 1.1.7) and live usb installer (http://www.linuxliveusb.com/)
I'm not sure if it helps the process but I changed default option to live-serial (line “default xxxx”) on the USB key under syslinux/syslinux.cfg.
I connected the key to one black USB port on the back and powered on. The first VyOS screen has some readability issues. Press enter to continue.
Then VyOS should boot and you can perform the "install image"