Low-cost hard drive enclosures have extended the useful life of many a spare hard drive by turning them into USB or Firewire-attached external drives. And now similar products are arriving to perform the conversion to Networked Attached Storage (NAS). Jim Buzbee takes a look at two low-cost offerings and finds sometimes you get what you pay for.
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.