Debian on the Thecus N2100

Intel's IOP platform is no longer supported in Debian.
Thecus N2100

The Thecus N2100 is a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device based on Intel's IOP 80219 CPU and it can be used to run Debian. It offers the following features:

  • Intel IOP 80219 CPU running at 600 MHz
  • 2 SATA slots
  • 1 DDR400 slot, populated with 128 MB RAM
  • 3 USB 2.0 ports
  • 2 GBit Ethernet
  • 1 mini-PCI slot

These specs are similar to comparable NAS devices but one special feature of the N2100 is that it features a normal, expandable DDR400 RAM slot. In theory, up to 1 GB are supported using 64-bit DDR RAM, but RedBoot needs major modifications to support more than 512 MB.

While this device was produced by Thecus and sold as the Thecus YES Box N2100, it was also available from a number of other companies. The only difference is that some of those vendors include 256 MB rather than 128 MB RAM. So far, the following devices based on the Thecus N2100 are known:

  • Allnet ALL6500
  • ARP Datacon NAS-2100
  • Evesham SilverSTOR M-Box

Support status

While the Thecus N2100 was supported up to Debian 7 (wheezy), it is no longer supported in Debian 8 (jessie) or later releases.


External resources


Thecus for providing an N2100 to Lennert Buytenhek and me, for answering some questions in great detail and for generally supporting this effort. Lennert Buytenhek integrated support for the Thecus N2100 into the mainline kernel and significantly improved generic IOP support. David Karlström and Riku Voipio reverse-engineered various aspects of this machine, and Riku also wrote a driver for the fan and LEDs.