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net6501 “XL”

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  • To have an operating system installed, you will need to include at least one mSATA drive in your order
  • You can only have two SATA devices operating in the net6501 at the same time. This means that you can use either two mSATA drives, or one mSATA and one standard SATA drive, but not all three at once.

Compact and energy-efficient, the net6501 “XL” is silent, fanless and built to last.

Designed for use as a firewall, VPN router, internet gateway or application server, the net6501 also has the power and flexibility to function in any capacity as a dedicated network appliance, and is NBN-ready.

The net6501 “XL” combines a powerful 1.0GHz or 1.6GHz Intel ATOM CPU with four Gigabit ethernet ports and up to 2GB of RAM.

You can add mSATA, 2.5″ SATA and USB flash drives for storage, plus MiniPCI-Express cards and/or low-power standard PCI-Express cards, for even greater functionality.

The double-height case of the net6501 “XL” is able to accommodate a wide range of PCI-Express (PCIe) cards, maximising expansion card flexibility while minimising the desk space required.

The net6501 “XL” includes a board and case, ready for you to add your choice of storage media, operating system, power supply and other accessories.


1 GHz Intel Atom E6xx series processor with EG20T companion chip and 1024 Mbyte DDR2-SDRAM, soldered on board — OR — 1.6 GHz Intel Atom E6xx series processor with EG20T companion chip and 2048 Mbyte DDR2-SDRAM, soldered on board


2x mSATA hard drives or solid state drives (SSDs); 1x 2.5" SATA (3 Gbit) hard drives or solid state drives (SSDs); internal USB drive; 8Mbit BIOS/BOOT Flash


4x Intel 82574IT Gigabit Ethernet ports, Auto-MDIX RJ-45, protected to 700W/40A Surge, supports 802.1 VLAN tagging; 2 serial ports (RS232/DB9)


Internal Low Profile USB socket, bootable; USB 2.0 interface, 2x internal, 1x external port, bootable


1 full Mini-PCI Express shared with mSATA socket; 1 USB-only Mini-PCI Express shared with mSATA socket; 1x PCI Express slot, right angle


Power LED, Disk LED, Error LED, Status LED, Network LEDs; 16 bit general purpose I/O; 24 pins header, connected to FPGA; real-time clock (RTC)


6-25V DC external power supply, max 30W, protected with TVS

Power consumption

8 – 10W (without hard drive)

Operating temperature

0 – 60°C


Temperature and voltage monitor; fan controller (optional fan not included); light management microcontroller; NiMH battery backup connector with charge and monitoring


192W x 165D x 65H (mm)


580g (without HDD)

Case colours

Powdercoated black


net6501-50 or net6501-70


Soekris Engineering (board) / Yawarra (case)


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. (