Vault Hardware Compatibility

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1The Vault is a relatively simple product, in that it only requires a couple of components to be added in order for it to run.  The user only needs to add RAM (memory) and mSATA (storage) to the Vault in order to have a fully functional hardware system.

However, there is a wide variety of different hardware available for the Vault in the form of RAM and mSATA and not all of it is necessarily compatible from the hardware perspective.

Memory

FW1, FW2, FW2B, FW4A, FW4B

The FW1, FW2, FW2B, FW4A and FW4B platforms are based on the same basic design and accommodate SO-DIMM DDR3L memory modules.

Physical Socket

There is a single physical socket for RAM. It is a 204 pin SO-DIMM for DDR3L memory. There is a notch in the memory module that matches the socket so that only the proper type of memory can be physically inserted into the socket.

Capacity, Increments

SO-DIMM DDR3L comes in increments of 2GB, 4GB and 8GB. 8GB is the maximum size of a single memory module for the FW1, FW2, FW2B, FW4A and FW4B series. Since there is only one socket, 8GB is also the maximum size for the system.

Voltage

The FW1, FW2, FW2B, FW4A and FW4B series support the low voltage 1.35V DDR3L specification. The standard DDR3 modules at 1.5V are not compatible with the Vault. If DDR3 modules are inserted in the Vault, the probable symptom is that there will be no video.

Speed

The speed of memory access is determined by the CPU. The FW1, FW2 and FW4A series support the DDR3-1333 specification where the module is referred to as the PC3-10600. “1333” means 1333 Mega Transfers per second. The FW2B and FW4B support the DDR3-1600 specification where the module is referred to as the PC3-12800. “1600” means 1600 Mega Transfers per second. Higher speed memory such as DDR3-1866 and DDR3-2133 can be used in the units, however the performance will only be as fast as the CPU memory access specification.

Availability

DDR3L memory that meets the requirements can typically be found on Amazon in the “Frequently Bought Together” section along with Protectli products. In addition, “Kingston” and “Samsung” modules have been successfully tested with the FW1, FW2, FW2B, FW4A and FW4B series. Please see links below.

Kingston (link) or directly from us (link)

Samsung (link)

HyperX (1866MHz Tested) (link)

Crucial (link) (Recently we have seen incompatibility with some chip lots)

FW6

The FW6 is a different platform than the FW1, FW2, FW2B, FW4A and FW4B series. It incorporates the SO-DIMM DDR4 memory modules.

Physical Socket

There are two physical sockets for RAM. They are 260 pin SO-DIMM for DDR4. There is a notch in the memory module that matches the socket so that only the proper type of memory can be physically inserted into the socket. When using a single DDR4 module, the module can be inserted into either socket.

Capacity, Increments

SO-DIMM DDR4 comes in increments of 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB. 32GB is the maximum size of a single memory module for the FW6 series. Because there are two sockets, 64GB is the maximum size for the system.

Voltage

The FW6 series support the low voltage 1.2V DDR4L specification.

Speed

The speed of memory access is determined by the CPU. The FW6 series support the DDR4-2133 specification where the module is referred to as the PC4-17000. “2133” means 2133 Mega Transfers per second. Higher speed memory such as DDR4-2400 and DDR4-2666 can be used in the units, however the performance will only be as fast as the CPU memory access specification.

Availability

DDR4 memory that meets the requirements can be found on Amazon. Crucial, Samsung, and G.Skill Ripjaws modules have been successfully tested with the FW6 series. Please see links and notes below.

Kingston (Store link) (Amazon link) – Kingston Modules are recommended for use with coreboot, as there have been no reported issues with Kingston SODIMM’s when used with coreboot

Crucial link – While Crucial has worked in the past with coreboot, we’ve seen variances in manufacturing. Select the recommended Kingston module if using coreboot

Samsung link (Select the recommended Kingston module if using coreboot)

Ripjaws link (Select the recommended Kingston module if using coreboot)

Storage

FW1, FW2, FW2B, FW4, FW4B

The FW1, FW2, FW2B, FW4A and FW4B platforms are based on the same basic design and use an mSATA Solid State Drive (SSD). mSATA devices up to 1 TB have been successfully deployed in the FW1, FW2, FW2B, FW4A and FW4B series.

FW6

The FW6 uses an mSATA Solid State Drive (SSD). mSATA devices up to 1 TB have been successfully deployed in the FW6 series, but larger sizes should perform well as they become available.

In addition to the mSATA storage, there is a SATA interface and mounting plate for a single optional standard 2.5″ SSD.

Wireless

FW1, FW2, FW2B, FW4A, FW4B, FW6

The FW1, FW2, FW4 and FW6 platforms all support an optional WiFi module. The WiFi module is a half height mini PCIe form factor card that supports WiFi 802.11 b/g/n at 2.4 GHz. The data path is over the internal USB channel. The WiFi kit includes the module, dual antennas, and the cables necessary to connect the antennas to the internal module. With the exception of the FW2B, only the Protectli WiFi module has been tested with Protectli platforms. Please see this link. The FW2B can use standard PCIe WiFi modules. However, be sure to verify driver support for the specific WiFi module with the specific OS such as FreeBSD, pfSense® CE, or Windows, etc.

AES-NI

AES-NI is the Intel Advanced Encryption Standard – New Instructions specification. It is hardware support by certain Intel processors for AES that accelerates the execution of the AES algorithm. It is becoming a mandatory requirement for support by some applications, notably pfSense® CE.

FW1, FW2

The FW1 and FW2 platforms do not support AES-NI because there is no support in the Intel Bay Trail-D J1800/J1900 processors.

FW2B, FW4A, FW4B

The FW2B, FW4A and FW4B platforms support AES-NI because it is supported by the Intel Celeron J3060, Atom E3845, and Celeron J3160 processors, respectively.

FW6

The FW6 platform does support AES-NI because it is supported by the Intel Kaby Lake processors.

Product Comparison

A comparison of the products can be found at this link.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach to us directly at support@protectli.com, or find more information in our Knowledge Base.