Friday, March 28, 2008

Hacking a NSLU2

As the Linksys NSLU2 NAS device comes to the end of it's life, now is a good time to pick up one of these devices cheap. I'm thinking of hosting a streaming music server on one of these that will feed my MediaMVP. This also may be the first host of the FM radio network server.

The device has two USB 2.0 ports for connecting hard disks and uses an ARM-compatible Intel XScale IXP420 CPU. The device includes 32 MB SDRAM of and 8 MB of FLASH. It also has a 100 megabit Ethernet network connection. The ability to run an unrestricted Linux OS on the device opens up a whole new range of uses. Some common uses are a web server, mail server, DAAP server (iTunes), UPnP AV MediaServers, BitTorrent client, asterisk PBX and network router (with the attachment of a USB network interface).