(US) 90 dollar Wyse 5070 Thin client/mini-server?

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bitslinger

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Anyone slap a 140mm fan on top to help with cooling? Mine gets quite hot (particularly the SSD) when downloading large files. Should I power it with a USB to fan header adapter, or is there some way to use the serial port for power?
Is you system standing up? the docs state that it must be vertical for proper cooling. On its side, it overheats under load. A fan is a good idea in that case.
 
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There are 2 options of reusing the WLAN port (m.2 a+e) to connect more drives.

One of the adapters gives you single PCIe lane NVME (M.2 key M), so it seems to be a pług&Play solution.

Another adapter has a SATA controller and 2 SATA ports, so you rely on the SATA controller quality. Also in this case you need to somehow power your drive(s), for example using internal USB pins.

I wonder if anyone tried to boot from a drive connected via any of those adapter. It's crucial if you'd like to setup boot disk mirroring in Proxmox.
 
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That looks like a nice self-contained unit. And just need the SATA Power and mini-SAS cable.
I’m using a cage like this that was inside a tower server case and fits a fan on the front.

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As this may grow in the future towards a larger dedicated storage server, I’ve got already an actual Corsair modular SFX PSU which is pretty small and the fan never runs with the current load. Being modular, I can just use the SATA power cable connected to the drives.
Because it’s not connected to a motherboard, you need a jumper between 2 pins or use something like this (on the 24-pin ATX):
https://www.aliexpress.us/item/1005004045090030.html
Having found this page while looking up on the internet for DIY NAS in general and Wyse 5070 in particular I suspect there may be an easier solution to external SATA power:

If I understand this correctly, this thing takes a 12VDC barrel jack (at up to 200W, so you need a decent external power brick) for power and spits out two SATA power supplies (max 54W each, apparently that's enough for 5 hard drives each). It's controlled by two methods: either you plug in a PCIE 8pin plug (max 150W) in which case it doesn't need the DC jack and just uses that, and naturally only gets power when the main PC is on, or alternatively it has a "synchronous start interface" which takes a Berg connector that use to be found on floppy drives and it uses that to tell if the main PC is on or off and uses that to turn itself on or off.

On Wyse 5070 there's an empty spot that used for a 4 pin PWM fan header on the extended version. If we wire up a fan header to that spot we should be able to take off 12v from there. Then if we wire up the other end with a Berg connector the 12V on its own may be enough to control the external SATA power supply. If the SATA power supply insists on checking both the 12V and 5V line in the Berg connector we could always take 5V from one of the USB ports.

Has anyone had any luck adding a 4 pin PWM fan header to a non-extended Wyse 5070? If for nothing else it would be interesting to use it for a fan with CPU temperature controlled fan curve.
 
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Having found this page while looking up on the internet for DIY NAS in general and Wyse 5070 in particular I suspect there may be an easier solution to external SATA power:

If I understand this correctly, this thing takes a 12VDC barrel jack (at up to 200W, so you need a decent external power brick) for power and spits out two SATA power supplies (max 54W each, apparently that's enough for 5 hard drives each). It's controlled by two methods: either you plug in a PCIE 8pin plug (max 150W) in which case it doesn't need the DC jack and just uses that, and naturally only gets power when the main PC is on, or alternatively it has a "synchronous start interface" which takes a Berg connector that use to be found on floppy drives and it uses that to tell if the main PC is on or off and uses that to turn itself on or off.

On Wyse 5070 there's an empty spot that used for a 4 pin PWM fan header on the extended version. If we wire up a fan header to that spot we should be able to take off 12v from there. Then if we wire up the other end with a Berg connector the 12V on its own may be enough to control the external SATA power supply. If the SATA power supply insists on checking both the 12V and 5V line in the Berg connector we could always take 5V from one of the USB ports.

Has anyone had any luck adding a 4 pin PWM fan header to a non-extended Wyse 5070? If for nothing else it would be interesting to use it for a fan with CPU temperature controlled fan curve.
Back in the day, we used to use a 6-strip with a master switch to handle powering everything up at once. ;) Cheap simple tech that always works. :)
 
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Back in the day, we used to use a 6-strip with a master switch to handle powering everything up at once. ;) Cheap simple tech that always works. :)
I think I still have a couple of those platforms you set your monitor on (CRT) with a row of switches underneath. You could pretend you were flying the spase shuttle. LOL
 
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I think I still have a couple of those platforms you set your monitor on (CRT) with a row of switches underneath. You could pretend you were flying the spase shuttle. LOL
Yep! Made it easy to switch stuff on and off. They still work with an LCD, and also work great in a rack. :D
 
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