There seems to be no spdif on the 1" and no COM ports on the 2" and set-top version of the fiirestation. I want both spdif and COM. I had a chat with a friendly tech support guy Andrew using the online chat thingy at http://fiire.com/. Here's the transcript:
alex: Question why no serial ports on the bigger fiirestations?
andrew: Welcome to Fiire! My name is Andrew! How may I help you?
andrew: because the mainboard is micro-atx type
andrew: and it doesn't have any serial ports
andrew: but you could use an adapter from usb to serial
alex: hmm...most mATX don't have the db9 on board, but you can usually get a breakout cable to plug into a header on the board.
alex: AFAIK the usb to serial adapters aren't well supported under LinuxMCE.
andrew: true, but we had no space to put that ...the case has an opening for serial port rs232
andrew: you can put a rs232 output there, but you have to custom fit it
alex: i see, it seems like it should be pretty straightforward to add it afterward.
andrew: it can be easily done
alex: can you confirm that the motherboard has a COM port header?
alex: also, does the 2" version have a spot on the case for a db9 as well?
andrew: the mainboard has a com port available, but i'm not sure if our manufacturer, Polywell Computers will deliver the serial cable as well
andrew: you might have to buy that one separately
alex: that's ok, it's most likely a standard part.
andrew: the case has space for mounting db9
alex: can u tell me what mainboard is used? then i can track it down for sure.
andrew: if you will check the fiire station manual you will see the back of the fiire station
alex: the 2" case has space?
alex: the manual on the web site only shows the full-size and the 1" fiire station. if you have a pic/drawing of the 2" that would be quite useful.
andrew: only the setup-box has a space for db9
alex: ok, thanks.
alex: is there any way to get spdif out on the 1"?
andrew: there is no way to do that for the moment
alex: ok, thanks.
andrew: it will be available with the next generation of Fiire Engine and Stations
alex: that'd be sweet. do you know when that will be?
andrew: as soon as LinuxMCE releases 07.10, probably during this month
alex: ok, i'm looking forward to it. where should i look for the announcement?
andrew: you can check http://www.linuxmce.org or our page
alex: ok, thanks a lot!
andrew: you're welcome!
--Alx9r 19:45, 1 May 2008 (PDT)