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net5501 “XL”

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  • To have an operating system installed, you will need to include an appropriately sized Compact Flash card in your order
  • If you select the A400P VoIP card in the PCI slot, you will also need at least one FXO/FXS module
  • miniPCI wireless cards do not include a pigtail or antenna

Note: This product has been discontinued. Please check out the net6501 and the APU2 as alternatives to the net5501.

Compact and silent, the net5501 “XL” uses very little power, has no moving parts and is ultra-reliable, making it ideal for use as a dedicated network appliance.

With four ethernet ports as standard and a 500MHz CPU with 512 MB of RAM, the net5501 is ideal for use as a firewall, VPN Router, internet gateway or VoIP PBX.

You can add a 2.5″ laptop hard drive, as well as a miniPCI and/or PCI expansion card, including additional ethernet ports, allowing the net5501 “XL” to serve in an even wider variety of applications.

With a smaller footprint than the standard net5501, the net5501 “XL” is able to accommodate taller PCI cards than any existing net5501 case, maximising expansion card flexibility while minimising the desk space required.

The net5501 “XL” includes a board and case, ready for you to add your choice of Compact Flash card, operating system, expansion cards and power supply.


500 Mhz AMD Geode LX 800 single chip processor with CS5536 companion chip, 512MB RAM


Compact Flash card or Microdrive, and/or 2.5" HDD (IDE or SATA)


6-25V DC external power supply, max 20W; option for 5V supply using internal connector

Power consumption

6-8W, 8-11W with HDD, 14-19W with PCI card and HDD


Seven front panel LEDs (power, disk, error, network x4), 12 bit general purpose I/O, 20 pins header, real-time clock (RTC)


4 ethernet ports (10/100 Mbit, supports 802.1 VLAN tagging), 1 miniPCI slot, 1 PCI slot, 2 serial (RS232/DB9) ports, USB 2.0, 2.5" IDE and SATA connector


205W x 172D x 62H (mm)



Case colours

Powdercoated black


Soekris Engineering (board) / Yawarra (case)


net5501-60 or net5501-70


C-tick labelled for use in Australia; RoHS-5 compliant;

Note: This product includes software developed by the pfSense® Project for use in the pfSense® software distribution. (