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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, OpenOffice.org, 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
Appendix