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Interesting hardware for Cloudron: ODROID-HC4

  • USD 65.00 and Ubuntu preinstalled...

    Hardkernel’s ODROID-HC4 dual-bay NAS is set to go on sale next week for just $65 and up.
    The system is powered by an Amlogic S905X ARM Cortex-A55 quad-core processor and 4GB of RAM. It features a Gigabit Ethernet port, HDMI 2.0 for connecting to an external display, a microSD card reader, a USB 2.0 port, two SATA connectors for storage, and an IR receiver for an optional remote control.

    The $65 starting price gets you a basic ODROID-HC4 board and pre-assembled case shell, while you can also pay $75 for a version with a 1 inch OLED display and real-time clock pre-installed and visible on the front of the case.

    Unlike most NAS systems, the ODROID-HC4 has what Hardkernel calls a “toaster” form factor, where the 2.5 inch or 3.5 inch drives can be inserted into slots in the case and they’re exposed to open air rather than hidden away inside a shell of plastic or metal.

    That should help keep the NAS cool, but you also may want to keep the ODROID-HC4 in an area where it’s not likely to collect dust or have coffee spilled on it (arguably a good idea when finding an ideal location for any computer). The ODROID-HC4 has a passive heat sink and a hydraulic bearing fan, but it should be relatively quiet, with a noise level of 23.9 dBA.

    Hardkernel says the system comes with an Ubuntu Linux image pre-installed, but it should also support third-party software including CoreElec, OpenMediaVault, and Android. OS images will be posted on the ODROID-HC4 Wiki in the coming weeks.

    BTW: A hardware category for this forum could be nice... I successfully run Cloudron at home on a ASRock Beebox ( Series/index.asp)

  • Nice! It will be highly interesting when/if we get Cloudron working on the ARM architecture.

  • App Dev

    @malvim has already made good progress on this front with a Raspberry Pi. I think once it runs on the Pi, installing it on any other ARM box will be trivial.

  • @mehdi Yes, @malvim deserves huge credit for this effort. 🏆

  • Thanks for the props, guys, highly appreciated. It's been a fight, really, and mostly with things that are NOT ARM-related hahah.

    We'll get there, though. 🙂

  • Oh, by the way, some hardware discussion might really be nice for people that run their cloudrons at home.

    So, for NAS-type things, would we be able to run a cloudron instance PLUS exporting volumes via NFS/Samba/whatever? You guys think we'd have problems with setting up these external services? I know cloudron has config files to open ports on the firewall, but is that enough? I also know it's not recommended practice to run other services that are not cloudron-related on the same box.

    I don't have much knowledge about how these things are set up, but would we be able to, say, with some volume-mounting-magic (which we know is coming to cloudron soon-ish), run these as cloudron apps? Say, a "NAS" or "export volumes" app, wich would mount the volumes inside the docker container and expose the services the regular cloudron way?

  • App Dev

    @malvim Yeah, it should be possible to run these services as Cloudron apps, totally. Kinda useless at the moment, but it would be awesome as soon as cloudron has some form of volume mounting magic, as you said ^^

  • I know the guys over at in case a container storage solution integration is needed.