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3COMM3C19504 Internet Server

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3COMM3C19504 Internet Server:
$42

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The 3Com Multi-Purpose Internet Server (Model 3C19504) is a discontinued Linux-based Internet appliance. It provides the following functions: web server, firewall Remote Access Server (RAS), web cache, email server, file server, FTP server, print server, and DHCP server.

As of May, 2002,Computer Geeksis liquidating3C19504’s for $199US(note, they sold out of units in only a few weeks). I consider this a bargain, and so I purchased one with the intent of upgrading its internal hard drive and customizing it to suit me. Since it is Linux-based, I figured that I had better than even odds of success in this endeavour. This web-page documents my experiences hacking my 3C19504.

3Com’s Internet Server product links:

  • 3Com Internet Server, 3C19504, Product Information Page

Device Description

The 3C19504 is actually a stripped down PC; specifically, it’s aFirst International Computer America a 500MHZ Celeron processor and 32megs of RAM. 3Com has had all unnecessary components removed from the motherboard (i.e., the parts were never soldered onto the boards in the first place), and so only the hardware necessary to deliver the 3C19504’s services are in place. This means that there is no floppy drive, no connector to plug a floppy drive into, no sound card chips, etc.

Of more relevant interest to me, the hacker, is what 3Com left behind; i.e., what hardware did I buy? In place are:

  • two serial ports—which can be used to dial into the server, or for the server to dial-up your ISP
  • two USB ports—present but not active (i.e., the device drivers for these ports are not loaded, but presumably the ports would work if driver was present)
  • VGA port—covered by a screw-plate, but active
  • PS2 keyboard & mouse ports—each covered by a punch-out, but active
  • two RJ11 10/100baseT connectors (one on the motherboard and the second on a PCI card
  • one parallel port—for use when the 3C19504 acts as a print server

If you crack the case open, you’ll see inside:

  • two PCI slots, one of which is twinned to an ISA connector—the network card is plugged into the twinned PCI-ISA slot, but there is nothing to prevent it from being moved to the other slot
  • a Fujitsu MPG3102ATE 10GB, 5400rpm, 5¼" half-height hard drive
  • an empty bay for a floppy drive; but on the motherboard there is no connector present for the floppy drive’s cable (the circuit board pads are there, but no connector)
  • no Secondary IDE connector on the motherboard (circuit board pads are present, but no connector)
  • the Primary IDE cable only supplies 1connector
  • the hard drive power cable only supplies 1connector
  • 32megs of RAM on a single DIMM

What I’ve Learned

So far, here’s a summary of what I’ve managed to learn:

  • the 3C19504 runs Red Hat version6.1
  • it uses AMI BIOS versionUC612C (which only supports hard drives up to 32gigs in size)
  • as shipped, my 3C19504 was at software version2.3.20010423 (which the 3Com website says is one patch beyond initial release)
  • this best way to get full use from the 3C19504 is to install a more current and more complete version on Linux on the device
  • he 3Com Internet Server is a complete, multi-purpose server solution designed to boost internal employee productivity and expand external business opportunities. Setting up Internet servers, firewalls, e-mail servers, and other network servers is no longer a daunting proposition. Faced with the prospect of buying and configuring general purpose server hardware with complex software – and then managing it all – small businesses have often settled for less than they deserve. 3Com has broken ranks with the complex server models of the past. The 3Com Internet Server is affordable, feature-rich, and radically simple to install and use. Designed specifically for small businesses, the Internet server provides all the functionality needed to work more efficiently and expand business opportunities. This all in one box solution is Internet-ready in 15 minutes and very easy to set up. With 3Com’s name behind it, we are sure that this will be a great buy for your home, or a great addition to your own office Internet Server provides multiple server capabilities in one unit to
    •meet the needs of networks of up to 50 users. It provides:•* E-mail Server – e-mail boxes for up to 50 users.
    •* Firewall – prevents unauthorized access to your network and limits•access to the Internet if required.
    •* Web Server – provides web hosting for network users.•* Web Cache – stores frequently accessed web pages to reduce
    •Internet access times.•* File Server – provides network file storage space for Microsoft Windows
    •network users with configurable access parameters for each directory area.•* FTP Server – allows direct transfer of files between hosts on the Internet.•* Print Server – provides network access to a printer connected to•the Internet Server.•* DHCP server – provides automatic IP address allocation for devices on•your network.•* DNS server – provides IP address/host name resolution for devices on
    •your network and on the Internet.•* Remote Access Server – provides authorization for dial-in access to•your network.

    •E-mail clients supported: Outlook Express V4.0, Netscape Messenger V4.5•Browsers supported: MS Internet Explorer 5.0, Netscape Navigator 4.7•Ports: Two (2) Ethernet ports autosensing 10/100BASE-TX,•- Two(2) DB9 RS-232 serial ports, One (1) DB25 parallel port
    •Operating systems supported: Windows 2000/98/95/NT•LED indicators: Power, HDD, WAN, LAN•Internet connections supported: ISDN, dial-up, broadband•Broadband feeds supported: ISDN, xDSL, cable•E-mail protocols supported: POP 3, SMTP, IMAP4
    •Processor: Celeron 500MHz CPU w/ Heatsink & Fan•Memory: 32MB PC100 DIMM (2 DIMM Slots 1 Open)
    ••Expansion Slots: Two (2) PCI Slot, One (1)ISA Slot (One PCI Slot•- Filled – One PCI / ISA Slot Shared)
    •Power: 90-264 VAC, 50-60 Hz, power inlet IEC 320 (Power Supply•- can be switched between 115v and 230v Settings)


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