The box, designed by Free, uses a 32 bit RC32355 processor and is managed by an operating system using a derivative of the Linux kernel. It has many interfaces:
- An Ethernet port 10/100 Mbit/s full/half duplex;
- A USB 2.0 port;
- An HDMI port;
- An RJ11 jack for the ADSL connection;
- An RJ11 jack for phone equipment (two jacks on versions 1 & 2 but only one active);
- A SCART (Péritel) socket
- A digital audio output RCA, or optical S/PDIF starting from version 3;
- An extension port of the serial ATA standard on versions 3 and 4 and parallel ATA standard on versions 1 and 2;
- A host USB port on version 4;
Since version 3, the Freebox can be configured to act as a router. The Freebox version 4 appeared mid-2004 and includes a chipset compatible with the ADSL 2+ standard, as well as a USB port, which will allow, in the long term, the addition of functions such as videoconferencing.
The Freebox OS uses BusyBox.
Now with the v3 (and next), it also provides a VideoLAN client in order to get the movies (in any format VLC understands) stored on the computer and watchable on TV through a playlist selector. This functionality is named Freeplayer.
In the same way, the Freebox (v3 and upper) is able to broadcast TV channels to one or more computer.
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