As with all the Alekto and Alena models Debian GNU/Linux is available as operating system. Vision Systems provides a sample installation of this operating system, an image prepared for a Compact Flash or microSD card. This software also operates without changes on the Alekto LAN, as do existing customer applications for Alekto.
So Alekto LAN is suitable to cover the same control and networking applications for industrial control, transportation systems, environmental monitoring and small office servers.
However the second Ethernet interface is internally connected to an embedded Ethernet switching hub. So Alekto LAN is predestined for more special networking tasks. It can span a small local network, while the first port provides as an uplink to data servers or the company network in general.
The special networking capabilities make the Alekto LAN a good base for a Router implementation. Vision Systems decided for OpenWrt as the software to make the Alekto LAN a Router. OpenWrt is not only a Router software, in fact it is a complete system for users to build their own Router firmware. To do this there is the base system and a collection of packages to install. Vision Systems added support of Alekto to OpenWrt. Usually OpenWrt is installed by end users onto the Flash memory of their SOHO Routers. That capacity is limited, typically to 8?MB or less. But on Alekto LAN the software is installed on mass storage, where practically no size limit exists. So users are free to add as many packages as they like or need. VSCOM selected several of the the OpenWrt system packages to prepare an installation. The result is available as a complete image on the DVD. Users can write it to a CF card, boot it and use it. System developers may use it as a starting point for their own software, which they distribute with Alekto LAN. Here is a list of the implemented features: Hardware