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There are some workarounds to do this like making a router into an webserver or making a remote storage device into a LAMP machine. or even your smartphone into a webserver.

Am I missing something, are there any other ways to do this?

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What about a NAS like those from Synology or QNAP? they both web servers with PHP. – Matt H May 23 '13 at 9:14
    
@MattH I think those would qualify too – Eduard Florinescu May 23 '13 at 9:27
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The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. We want to see it being used by kids all over the world to learn programming.

http://www.raspberrypi.org/

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Also there are starting to apear some LAMP distributions too and with an WiFi dongle can have also the second internet connection. With under 5 W consumption I think this is the best solution. – Eduard Florinescu Aug 26 '12 at 8:50
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Since Raspberri's PI release, there has been several others, I would recommend doing your research and finding the best solution. However, this is just one of many solutions. – kobaltz Aug 26 '12 at 8:52

As kobaltz suggests, Raspberry Pi is a good possibility. However, if for whatever reason you need an x86 based solution or something with a bit more RAM and CPU power you can also meet your power target using an off-the-shelf Intel Atom or AMD Brazos build.

I put together an Atom D510 server box awhile ago, and I've got 4 web server instances running on it at the moment (2x Apache httpd, 2x Apache Tomcat) as well as a SVN server. That's probably well beyond what could be done with a single Raspberry Pi instance, mostly due to memory requirements.

I've had no issues with this system at all in terms of stability/reliability (it's been running 24/7 for months now), and the power consumption is just over 20W at full load (though the only time I've ever seen it at full load was when I was benchmarking for the purposes of measuring power-consumption at full load).

So you've got a couple of different options.

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