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Welcome to SmartAppliances

A Computer Appliance is a way to match a computer with a program. Most commercial appliances, like routers or Network Attached Storage devices, are designed for general purpose computers like the one on your desktop, then special purpose hardware is ordered for the final product. When you purchase one of these appliances, do you know how it’s built? What bugs are to be expected? What happens if the supplier goes out of business?

Smart Appliances removes doubt. Our appliances are built on Open Source projects, and well-known, readily available hardware. How do you know this? Every appliance we offer comes with full details on the hardware we use, where we purchased each item, and which programs are installed. This is done to provide you with an excellent, robust and reliable product.

Smart Appliances is a service of Daily Data, a Dallas based company which began offering computer services in 1993. With over 15 years experience in Open Source, we have built and used more devices than are offered here. These limited offerings are the ones we believe to be the most beneficial to individuals and small to medium businesses.

VPN Firewall Routers

VPN Firewall Routers

Our firewall routers provide the flexibility to match your needs, while offering the highest level of security available. Based on the IPFire software appliance, security is maintained by constant peer review, and our low power, passively-cooled version operates at an impressive 1/2 watt of power consumptiont. After several tests of other distributions, IPFire was chosen for its flexibility, … Read more...

SmartAppliances offers a limited subset of the appliances built by Daily Data. In addition to the devices listed, we have experience setting up many other types of machines, including: Video Monitoring Server Network Attached Storage (NAS) Network File Servers Xen Virtualization Servers Most of our devices use standard "Appliance Distributions," special builds of Linux designed for … Read more...

Backup Concentrators

Backup Concentrators

How do you back up your important data? This is an especially important question if you have multiple internal computers and tablets of all different types. What if you have a few Linux servers, a Linux workstation, a Windows XP workstation, and a few Apple Mac's as well? One answer is a backup concentrator. This device can be set up to connect to multiple machines on an internal network, … Read more...