As with all of the Vault hardware, the FW6 series need only RAM (memory) and mSATA (storage) added in order to have a fully functional hardware system. In addition, an optional 2.5″ SATA drive and WiFi module can be installed as well. For more information on HW compatibility, see this link.
The annotated photo below shows the location of the various components and the SATA connectors.
FW6 Series Front View
There are 2 options for the CPU. There is an Intel Celeron 3865U and an Intel i3 7100U. Both of these CPUs have built in suport for Intel’s AES-NI hardware encryption.
There are 2 SO-DIMM sockets for memory, but only 1 module needs to be inserted for the system to function. If only using one memory module, it can be placed in the top or bottom slot.
The WiFi module socket is underneath the mSATA socket. When using the WiFi module, it must be inserted first and the antennas connected before the mSATA module is inserted.
The Antennas can be mounted to the chassis via the pre-drilled chassis holes on the front panel (as called out in the above picture).
Note that the wifi module, while PCIe in form factor, operates over USB channel communication, limiting functionality as compared to PCIe modules. Protectli sells a compatible wifi module that is available here.
The photo below shows the mounting of the optional 2.5″ SATA Solid State Drive (SSD) on the inside of the bottom cover. The Vault comes with the SATA data, SATA power, and 2.5″ mounting bracket included. The SATA cables should be connected to the motherboard in the locations indicated.
Please note that we highly recommend the use of a 2.5″ SSD drive and NOT spinning HDD’s primarily due to heat dissipation on the inside of the Vault’s enclosure.
FW6 Series SATA Connectors