What are the basic specs of these boxes?

Both are ARM-based. The Mineserver™ has a four-core processor running at 1.5 GHz, one gig of DDR3 and eight gigs of SSD. The Mineserver Pro™ has an eight-core processor running at 2.0 GHz, two gigs of DDR3 and eight gigs of SSD.

If I buy the WiFi model will the Ethernet still work?

Yes. Given that the Mineserver Pro™ comes with both WiFi and gig-Ethernet installed it makes sense that they would both function at the same time. Since we prefer Ethernet, even the WiFi models come with a one-meter CAT6 patch cable.

Can I add WiFi later?

No. There isn’t an open port to do so. This is a non-standard board.

After my kid tires of Minecraft can I turn this box into a router, proxy server, mail server, etc.

Many things are possible but this is not an especially easy change. It makes much more sense to just sell the Mineserver™ or Mineserver Pro™ on Craigslist or eBay to someone else who wants to own a small Minecraft server.

What do you mean in the video when you say you tried to do this a year ago?

Exactly that. We built prototypes using SBCs available at the time (Raspberry Pi and Beaglebone Black) and found they simply weren’t powerful enough to support the number of users we thought necessary. We had to wait a year for Moore’s Law to solve our problem.

I'm uber-geeky and offended that you've made this easy to use. Can I get under the hood?

Yes, but we hope you won’t want to. The standard Minecraft server console is under there and can be accessed through SFTP if you want to show off. But we’ve implemented 100 percent of the same functionality with a GUI that will allow you to do most things significantly faster and — more importantly — will allow a less skilled parent to do it too.

What happens with my order once the Kickstarter campaign ends?

After you fulfill your pledge Kickstarter will give us your e-mail address and we’ll contact you directly to verify your preferred shipping address. If you have a t-shirt coming you can specify the color and size at that time. If you have a Mineserver™ or Mineserver Pro™ coming we’ll get from you the name you’ve chosen for the box so we can preconfigure and test it to make sure it can be reached from anywhere on the Internet. You can change this name later, by the way, but we have to have something to start with.