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!
The wait is over for wireless networkers who have been waiting for an 802.11g card for their PDAs. If your PocketPC has a CompactFlash slot, the Linksys WCF54G will get you on the air quickly and we found wireless speed improvement to be better than expected.
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.
You might be tempted to think that Linksys' WET54GS5 Wireless-G Ethernet Bridge with 5-port switch is just a WET54G with a slightly-overpriced 10/100 switch built in... but you'd be wrong. There's much, much more to this first-in-category product, including ways to make bandwidth hogs behave!
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.
Linksys' WRE54G Wireless-G Range Expander [reviewed here] is a WDS-based 802.11b / g repeater that Linksys says works only with its WAP54G access point and WRT54G and WRT54GS wireless routers. But with a little effort, you can get it to function with any 802.11b or g product that supports WDS-based bridging and/or repeating.
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.