Eee Box

Eee Box Unboxed

The Preparations

The first thing I did was set up a set of Altec Lansing stereo PC speakers and my spare i-rocks USB hub on my entertainment center table. The USB hub is essential, since I will likely use it to plug devices such as the dial-up modem into the system, and the Eee Box has only four USB ports (two in front, two in back).

Speakers, WiFi Router, and USB Hub

Next, I loaded an SD flash card with some software. Namely: Firefox 3 for Web browsing, Pidgin 2.5 for IM, WinRAR for archiving,, and AV and firewall software. All of it fit nicely in my 2GB SD card, and it certainly beats re-downloading everything on dial-up!

Finally, I got out my WiFi router (a Linksys WRT54GL loaded with Tomato 1.21). I will use it to connect wirelessly to my laptop and access its DVD-ROM drive in order to install the software for my parents' printer, an HP Photosmart C4400.

NEXT: Examining the Package

Table of Contents

Part 0 - Introduction
* 0-1: Foreword

Part I - Plans and Preparations
* I-1: The Plan
* I-2: The Preparations (You are here)

Part II - Unpacking the Eee Box
* II-1: Examining the Package
* II-2: Opening the Package
* II-3: Component and Accessory Layout
* II-4: Getting Ready for Setup

Part III - Setting Up for First Use
* III-1: Positioning the Eee Box
* III-2: Hooking Everything Up
* III-3: First Boot-Up

Part IV - Initial Run and Setup
* IV-1: Getting Acquainted with Splashtop
* IV-2: Loading Windows XP
* IV-3: Installing Applications
* IV-4: Going Online
* IV-5: Running Software

Part V - The End Results
* V-1: Impressions
* V-2: The Hand-off

Part VI - Conclusion
* VI-1: Afterword

Back Matter