We tend to get pretty jaded with all the over-hyped me-too products that we see. But once in a while a product comes along that restores our faith in the networking industry's ability to innovate and deliver real value. Linksys' Network Storage Link for USB 2.0 Disk Drives may have an unassuming name, but once you see what this product can do, we think you'll agree that a new networking product category has been born!
Jim Buzbee is back with his latest adventures in hacking Linksys' NSLU2. This time, he turns it into a UPnP-based media server - just the ticket if you'd like to free your PC from streaming media duties.
An increasing number of consumer networking products are based on open source software. But manufacturer support of open source development efforts is usually limited to (sometimes) posting source code but more often just turning a blind eye as dedicated hackers add missing capability and improved features. Buffalo Technology's new Revolution division is taking a different approach of embracing open source developers and producing products made to be hacked. Jim Buzbee takes a look at the first fruits of the Revolution, the Kuro Box.
In Part 5 of his Hacking the Linksys NSLU2 series, Jim Buzbee introduces us to the Unslung firmware that is the next step in the evolution of this little box into a general-purpose Open Source application platform.
Part 4 of Jim Buzbee's series shows how to modify the NSLU2's flash so that you can automate the startup of the other hacks and open the door to even more customizations.
Our third installment of Jim Buzbee's series walks you step-by-step through adding iTunes serving to the tricks that Linksys' little wonder can perform.
In the second installment of Jim Buzbee's explorations of Linksys' little NAS-enabling marvel, he explains how to get set up to do your own hacking and walks us through adding NFS support.
Once in awhile a product comes along that you just know is going to spark the imagination - and hacking skills - of enthusiatic tweakers. Linksys seems to have done it again with its Linux-based NSLU2 Network Storage Link. Our correspondent Jim Buzbee has agreed to chronicle his adventures with this little wonder for SmallNetBuilder readers in a multi-part series. Part 1 describes how Jim managed to get a root login.