AWS Snowcone Device Specifications - AWS Snowcone User Guide

AWS Snowcone Device Specifications

This section provides information about AWS Snowcone device specifications and requirements for hardware, network, Wi-Fi, and power supply.

Features and Specifications Summary

The following table summarizes features and specifications for the Snowcone device.

Item Specification
Usage scenario

Industrial IoT, transportation, healthcare IoT, content distribution, tactical edge computing, logistics, autonomous vehicle, data migration

Device size

9 inches long, 6 inches wide, and 3 inches tall

(227 mm x 148.6 mm x 82.65 mm)

Device weight 4.5 lbs. (2.1 kg)
Storage capacity 8 TB usable
Onboard computing options

Amazon EC2 AMIs


Yes, 256-bit

Transfers through NFS (network file system) Yes
Transfers through Amazon S3 API No
Portability Battery-based operation
Wireless Wi-Fi
Number of usable vCPU 2 vCPUs
Available memory 4 GB
Network interfaces 2x 1/10 Gbit - RJ45
DataSync agent pre-installed Yes
HIPAA compliance Yes, eligible
Typical job lifetime

Offline or online data transfer: Days to weeks

Edge compute: Weeks to months

Max job length

Edge compute or on-going data transfer: up to 1,460 days

Hardware and Network

Snowcone provides 8 TB of available storage. It runs specific Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances with 2 available CPUs and 4 GB of available memory to support your applications and AWS IoT Greengrass functions. In this section, you can find information about the physical device, such as interfaces, power button, and power requirements as they appear in different views of the device.

Top View

The Snowcone top surface includes an integrated E-Ink touch display that is used as an operator interface to set up both wired and wireless networking. It also serves as a display for an electronic shipping label. The electronic shipping is preprogrammed with both outbound and inbound shipping labels that automatically change after the device is first powered on.

                    The Snowcone touch display and size compared to a Kindle

Rear Panel

You make all cable connections on the rear panel. This section describes each connector.

                    Snowcone rear panel showing the RJ45, USB-C, and USB-C PD connection


Power is supplied to the device through the left-most USB-C connection using a suitable power adapter that is capable of supplying at least 45 W.


AWS Snowcone does not include a power supply because it ships with the smallest possible form factor. For details, see AWS Snowcone Power Supply and Accessories.


The second USB-C connection is not active.

Ethernet connectors 1 and 2

For wired networking, Snowcone provides two ports that auto-negotiate for 1 Gb or 10 Gb Ethernet networks.

RJ45 10/1G Base-T Ethernet ports — These ports auto-negotiate between 10G and 1G based on the far end connection capability. They don't negotiate speeds lower than 1G (for example, 100M or 10M). The link LED is located to the right of each connector, and the activity LED is on the left.

                    The lights on the Snowcone that indicate link/activity and link

Front Panel

The front panel contains the power button and status LED displays.

                    The front panel on the Snowcone showing the power button and status LEDs
                        for error and HDD.

Power switch

To turn on the device, momentarily press the power button. The button illuminates, and the E-Ink display changes to a progress bar, and Please wait is displayed.

To turn off the device, hold the power switch for 2 seconds, or until the E-Ink displays Please wait.


Holding the power button for more than five seconds forces power off. This is not recommended because it might cause data in buffers to be lost. After AC power loss the device automatically restores power to the last operating state.

Status LEDs

There are two status LEDs located next to the power button. The left LED flashes with disk activity and the right LED illuminates if there is a fault condition.

AWS Snowcone Wi-Fi Specifications

AWS Snowcone supports gigabit Wi-Fi networks with the IEEE 802.11ac standard, and also 802.11abgn networks. To maximize wireless throughput for Snowcone, use 2x2 802.11ac 160 MHz channels, which can be up to 10x faster than baseline 1x1 802.11bgn networks. The Snowcone Wi-Fi specifications are IEEE 802.11abgn+ac, 2x2, MIMO, dual band 2 GHz and 5 G (160MHz). The operating frequencies are 2 GHz and 5 GHz.

You can connect Snowcone to your on-premises network using a physical Ethernet cable, or you can connect it wirelessly using Wi-Fi. With the Wi-Fi connection, you can manage the Snowcone device using AWS OpsHub and transfer data between Snowcone and on-premises storage devices.

Ruggedization Specifications

AWS Snowcone is designed to meet stringent standards for ruggedization, including ISTA-3A, ASTM D4169, and MIL-STD-810G for free-fall shock, operational vibration, and more. It is designed to tolerate falls up to 3.8 feet (1.15 meters). It also meets the IP65 International Protection Marking IEC standard, meaning it is both dust-tight (allowing no dust inside the enclosure when sealed) and water resistant (including protection from water jets on all sides). The device has a wide operating temperature range from freezing (0 degrees C or 32 degrees F) to desert-like conditions (38 degrees C or 100 degrees F). When in storage or being shipped, Snowcone withstands even harsher temperatures (-32 degrees C or -25.6 degrees F to 63 degrees C or 145.4 degrees F).

AWS Snowcone Power Supply and Accessories

AWS Snowcone does not include a power supply or a Ethernet cable (RJ45) because it ships with the smallest possible form factor. You have the option to run Snowcone via plug-in power source or battery. Here are the details to guide you when ordering a power supply:

USB-C power adapter — Use a USB-C power adapter with the Snowcone device for plugged-in power or for stationary (non-mobile) operating environments. To power your Snowcone device, you can purchase one of the following AWS-tested USB-C power adapters:

Or, you can use any USB-C power adapter that is rated for 45W+ and your environment temperature.

USB-C battery — Use a USB-C battery to power the Snowcone device in mobile or portable operating environments. To power your Snowcone device, you can purchase one of the AWS-tested USB-C batteries listed following. Or, you can use any USB-C battery that is rated for 45W+. The following are examples.

Ethernet cable (RJ45) — To connect the Snowcone device to your local network, use an Ethernet cable (RJ45). If you don't have one, you should purchase one.