NSLU2 joined under-desk machines

Today I bought Linksys NSLU2 machine. It is small, ARM based NAS and it is running Linux out-of-box. Unpacked, connected to home network and after checking that it is working I reflashed it with OpenSlug 3.10. So now it runs 2.6.16 kernel (instead of old, hacked 2.4.something) and opensource system (built with OpenEmbedded).

What for I bought it (other then taking space under desk)? I plan to run few services on it:

  • NFS server with DL_DIR contents (all sources used by OpenEmbedded builds)
  • TFTP server (to server kernels, rootfs images for miscelanous devices on my desk)
  • SMB server (music, movies)
  • Bluetooth access point for my Neo1973 phones and other devices

Too bad that small embedded PCs are harder to get that such gadgets. I hope that one day I will be able to buy machine which will replace my WiFi AP/router and NSLU2 (NAS, BT AP) in one.

7 thoughts on “NSLU2 joined under-desk machines”

  1. Asus wl500g, wl700g are wireless routers with similar capabilities as NSLU2. For me, wl500g serves as wifi router, smb server, daap server.

  2. cu, fl0: I know that NSLU2 is good supported and I know guys which support it from OpenEmbedded project. Each time when I looked at ASUS wl500g I saw ‘OpenWrt’ to often and this is team which I prefer to avoid.

    Not that I do not like OpenWrt distro – I use one of older versions on my wrt54gs but I like to have something which is upgradable in easy way not by reflashing etc.

    I know one thing – in next house I will make network more organized and probably I will build something based on VIA Epia or other ITX board instead of NSLU2/WRT54GS.

  3. Can’t you plug a usb hub into the nslu2? Then plug in a usb wifi adapter, and run it in access point mode? Combine with an ethernet switch on the ethernet port, and you should be able to use the nslu2 as your wifi access point / router.

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