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Note: The Freeway 214 is no longer in production, except by special arrangement with existing customers. New installations should use a Freeway 215, a Freeway 3115, a Freeway 3215, or a Freeway 3415 instead.

The Freeway 214 is a 7"W x 10"H x 16"D desktop chassis which supports up to 24 serial ports. Two 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN connections are standard, and 4 PCI slots and 1 PCIe slot are available to accommodate either Intelligent Communications Processor boards (which manage the serial ports; maximum of 3), or additional Ethernet or Fiber Ethernet interfaces. A hard disk or flash disk can be used for local storage of boot parameters and for custom network applications.

Technical Specifications
System CPU: Intel-based
RAM: 2 GBytes
Bus: PCI and PCIe
Operating System: BSD Unix
ICPs1 Max # of ICPs: 3 (PCI)
CPU: Motorola-based
RAM: 32 MB
Serial Ports Max # of ports: 12/242
Type: Full duplex, DMA support
Electrical Interfaces:
EIA-232, EIA-449 (422), EIA 530, V.35
LAN Connections Two 10/100/1000 Ethernets;
Additional Ethernets (copper or fiber) optional3
Disk Drives DVD/CDROM, IDE or SATA Flash disk, optional magnetic IDE or SATA disk4
Physical Mount: Desktop
Height: 25.4 cm (10 in.)
Width: 17.3 cm (6.8 in.)
Depth: 39.6 cm (15.6 in.)
Weight5: 9 kg (20 lbs)
Environmental Temperature
0 to 40 °C (32 to 104 °F)
10% - 85% (relative, non-condensing)
AC Power 100-120 or 200-240 VAC (Auto-sensing); 300 Watts
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  1. Intelligent Communications Processor boards (ICPs) manage the protocols and contain serial ports that connect to the WAN. The Freeway 214 uses ICP2432 boards.

  2. The maximum number of ports depends on the electrical interface. The larger number is the maximum ports when using the EIA-232 electrical interface. The smaller number is the maximum ports for all other electrical interfaces.

  3. Ethernet interfaces after the first two may occupy PCI slots which are normally occupied by an ICP board. For example, when configured for 7 Ethernets, one of the additional Ethernet boards must be installed into a PCI slot which is normally reserved for ICP boards; in that case the Freeway 214 can only have two ICP boards installed, and thus is limited to 16 serial WAN lines (8 WAN lines if all ICPs are configured to use an electrical interface other than RS-232).

  4. The magnetic IDE or SATA hard disk is optional; if specified, it replaces the IDE or SATA flash disk.

  5. Weight excludes ICP boards.


The unit is encased in a gray, desktop-type chassis which is 6.8 inches wide, 15.6 inches deep, and 10 inches tall. Airflow is from front to back, with an internal 53 CFM fan pulling filtered air into the case from the front and blowing it out of the case at the back.

All controls and indicators are available at the front of the unit: Power and reset switches, power and disk-activity LEDs, and access to the DVD/CDROM drive and the removeable disk.

Connectors for a VGA monitor, a keyboard, a serial console, and two 10BaseT/100BaseTX Ethernet cables are available at the back of the chassis. The WAN connectors or additional Ethernet connectors are also at the back of the chassis.

Refer to the Freeway 214 Installation Guide for further information.


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