The Creator 120 and the Raspberry Pi 2 are single-board computers designed for developers and hobbyists.
The Creator C120 was announced in late 2014, but started shipping at about the same time that the Raspberry Pi 2 was announced/starting shipping, which was just last week.
I haven’t purchased a Raspberry Pi 2 yet, but I received a Creator 2 from the manufacturer this week. It was a prize I won in December and the first prize I ever won on the Internet. I’ve been playing with it all day and find it to be a very capable single-board computer. Out of the box, it’s mostly a plug-and-play device.
For my own benefit and that of others who might what to learn how it compares to the Raspberry Pi 2, I put together this simple comparison table. Hope you find the information in it useful.
|Based on||Linux (kernel 2.4)||Linux (kernel 2.6)||FreeBSD, but using openBSD's pf||Linux (kernel 2.6)||Linux (kernel 2.6)|
|Installer||Ncurses||Ncurses||Text-based||Ncurses||No installation. Boots and runs from CD|
|Management||Browser-based (HTTP & HTTPS), console, shell (SSH)||Browser-based (HTTPS), console, SSH||Browser-based (HTTP & HTTPS), console, SSH||Browser-based (HTTP & HTTPS), console, SSH||Browser-based (HTTPS), console, SSH|
|Interfaces||Wired (wireless not detected during installation)||Wired and wireless.||Wired and wireless. Bridge.||Wired (wireless not detected during installation)||Wired (wireless not detected during setup). Bridge, interface bonding|
|WiFi Mode||No||AP, only if hostapd is installed. Requires manual configuration if installed||Access Point (AP), BSS, IBSS||No||AP (with Multiple/Virtual SSID support) or a wireless client|
|Failover/Load Balancing/HA||No||No||Server and gateway failover (CARP) and active-active inbound and outbound load balancing. Failover with state table replication.||No||Yes|
|Routing||Static routes||Static routes||Static routes, RIP, BGP, OLSR||Static routes||Static routes, RIPv2 (with MD5 or plain text authentication)|
|Captive Portal||No||No||Yes (HTTP and HTTPS). "Reverse" portal not supported||No||Yes. "Reverse" portal not supported|
|Network Services||DHCP, Dyn DNS, NTP, Traffic shaping (QoS)||DHCP, DNS, NTP, NAT, QoS||DHCP, Dyn DNS, NAT, QoS, NTP, IPv6 tunneling, Wake on LAN. Network, host and port aliases||DHCP, DNS, Dyn DNS, NTP, NAT, QoS||DHCP, DNS, Dyn DNS, NTP, NAT, QoS|
|Firewall & VPN||Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) firewall. Site-site and remote access IPSec VPN.||SPI firewall. Site-site and remote access IPSec VPN. Site-site SSL VPN||SPI firewall. Site-site and remote access IPSec and SSL VPN. PPTP server||SPI firewall. Site-site IPSec VPN.||SPI firewall. Remote access IPSec VPN. Site-site and remote access SSL VPN|
|Web Services||Web proxy||Transparent Web proxy||No||Web proxy||No|
|Mail Services||No||No||No||POP3 proxy||No|
|IM & P2P||No||No||No||IM proxy||No|
|VoIP Services||No||No||No||Transparent or non-transparent SIP proxy||No|
|IDS/IPS||IDS (Snort)||IDS, with Snort Community and VRT rules||No||IDS (Snort)||No|
|Authentication, Authorization||Local||Local, RADIUS, IDENTD, LDAP, Active Directory||Local, RADIUS||Local||Local, RADIUS, NIS, LDAP, Kerberos 5, Active Directory interoperability|
|Logs/Reports||Local and remote syslog||Local and remote syslog. System and traffic SVG graphs, bar and pie charts. Hardware-health graphs||Local and remote. Real time and historical usage SVG and RRD graphs||Local. System and traffic graphs, bandwidth bars||Local and remote syslog. MRTG graphs (most graphs require activation key)|
|Backup/Restore||Yes, with backup encryption||Yes||Yes. Optional fee-based auto backup with encryption of archives||Yes||Yes. Config saved to external media|
|Updates/Updating||Manual system updates||Automatic system and signature updates. Automatic addon installation||Manual and automatic system updates (your choice)||Automatic system updates||Automatic system updates.|
|Minimum Hardware Requirements||Intel x86 and alpha architectures. 12 MB+ RAM, 250 MB+ HD||PC (x86 and x86-64) and embedded systems.|
96 MB+ RAM
|Intel x86 and ia64, amd64, powerpc, pc98, sparc64. 128 MB+ RAM, 1 GB+ HD. 128 MB compact flash card for embedded systems.||Standard PC - Intel/AMD 32- and 64-bit architectures||PC (x86 and x86-64) and embedded systems. 96 MB+ RAM|
|License/Price||Free Software, GPL license. No IP address restrictions||Free Software - GPLv2 license. No IP address restrictions||Free Software, BSD license. No IP address restrictions||Free Software, GPL license. No IP address restrictions||Free Software - GPLv2 license. No IP address restrictions|
|Links||Read more||IPFire||Read more||Read more||Read more|