Tom Diehl on 27 Apr 2006 02:51:11 -0000

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[PLUG] Re: NSLU2 Users?

On Wed, 26 Apr 2006, Doug Crompton wrote:

> Well I am hardly an expert but anyone that has Linux experience might find
> the NSLU2 interesting. In the Unslung form it is rather easy to get it
> running. For those of you who don't know what it is:
> The Linksys NSLU2 is a two USB2 port file sharing device with wired
> ethernet connection. It is small in size and very low power. There is an
> extensive wiki at
> It can be used in many ways. Natively it is a web based file server and
> you can use either ext3, FAT, or NTFS drives. When you flash the unslung
> code (currently 6.8) and unsling to disk it retains all of the native
> features but allows system access and upgrade. There are other flavors of
> expansion - openslug and debianslug which do not retain the native
> operation but give a great deal more flexibility.
> My first flash was to unslung. You must read the wiki instructions but in
> simple terms you just download the 6.8 binary, flash it to the NSLU2,
> reboot, connect a USB drive and 'unsling' to it. At that point you have
> telnet access to the linux system and you can then start to load packages.
> There are hundreds of ported packages including perl, apache, mysql, etc.
> The first package you would want is open-ssh and nix the telnet. I have
> now installed over 30 packages. I have a daap music server setup. I have
> setup a web server. Samba shares are standard so you can access, if
> permitted, via Windows. Also I downloaded and setup nfs, rsync, and
> open-vpn. I also uploaded an HD video and it serves it nicely. I even had
> the daap (itunes) music server running along with the HD transfer and I
> was doing a command line ssh connect. So far I have not been able to bring
> it to it's knees but it, of course, is limited by USB2 and local ethernet
> speed.
> In it's simpilest form using rsync, hfs, samba, or whatever it makes a
> nifty file backup device. There is even a raid module for it if you wanted
> to go that route.
> So you can see for a modest investment, I just bought two more NSLU2's at
> Amazon for $82 each, and a USB enclosure and drive, you have a complete
> mini, very low power, system.
> My original intent was to use it as radio access points, interface to a
> radio modem and network, for ham radio, but it has so many interesting
> uses. This is not the only hacked embeded device but it is very popular.
> It is not clear how long Linksys will make it but as it becomes more
> popular in the Linux community maybe they will extend it's life. There are
> numerous Yahoo mail lists that are very active.
> Doug
> On Tue, 25 Apr 2006, Nathan Schlehlein wrote:
> > Hello!
> >
> > I suppose you could call me a wannabe NSLU2 user!  :-)  It looks like
> > quite the cool little device...
> >
> > I assume from this post and your last one that you indeed possess / use
> > such neat technology, and I (and perhaps others on this list) would be
> > quite interested to hear what you are using it for, and what you have
> > done with it in terms of hardware hacks and alternate firmwares.
> >
> > Heck, this might even be a fun topic for a quick talk at a PLUG or
> > PLUG-West meeting...  :-)
> >
> > So, yeah...  Any anecdotes on your experiences would be appreciated.

I have been playing with the wrt54G(S/L) and openwrt. It too is a nice
low power multi-use device. The WifiDog people are big on this little box.

So far all I have been doing is building firewall/routers using fwbuilder,
although I can see there are a bunch of other things possible.

I wish linksys still made the GS based on linux as it had twice the memory
of the G or for that matter the GL.


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