[mythtv-users] [may be OT] Linksys NSLU2 for streaming videos (SD and HD) ?

Steve Malenfant smalenfant at gmail.com
Fri Dec 9 23:22:05 EST 2005

I've made a little script that copies my local recording to the NSLU2
when I decide.  The script query's the database with some code stolen
from the contrib directory and copy it to the slug and link the file

For example, after I run the script it will look like this :

lrwxrwxrwx  1 root root          56 Nov 24 19:29
1030_20051115200000_20051115210000.nuv ->

That way, I can open the file from a Windows PC if I want to and I
know exactly what I'm watching.

Streaming back the file from the slug seems fine to me to date...
Doing HD no problem.  The scripts works, they look really bad and
needs TCL :)  It uses a modified version of mythlink.sh from the
contrib directory.

Steve M.

On 12/8/05, Mudit Wahal <mwahal at gmail.com> wrote:
> Well, I was hedging my bet. I also posted it in avsforum too :-)
> Finally got a reply from someone in avsforum who is running
> overclocked slug  with wizd and streaming HD (high definition)
> contents to his Snazio HD dvd player.
> I saw your USB ATSC tuner post earlier. I'm currently running HD3000
> and DVICO Fusion HDTV 5 Lite in my box. My main goal is to offload the
> recorded programs (after they are commercial_cut and transcoded to
> mpeg4) from the mythbox to the slug. There I'll run wizd and stream it
> to IOData LinkPlayer2 (LP2). I don't know if slug will be able to run
> complete mythbackend. It may be too big for its tiny 64mb sdram
> (unless you fatten it). Presently, I run wizd on my linux box to
> stream the contents to the LP2.
> With slug in picture, I can store all my programs on multiple external
> hard drives and let the slug become the uPnP media server. Hopefully,
> will save some wear/tear/electricity on the mythbox.
> Now I need to buy a slug and an external hard drive.
> On 12/8/05, Alan Hagge <ahagge at wbfa.com> wrote:
> > Mudit Wahal wrote:
> >
> > >Hi,
> > >
> > >Has anyone successfully used NSLU2 stream recordings off the external
> > >USB 2.0 hard drive ?
> > >I'm thinking to use NSLU2 as nfs mounted external storage device to
> > >keep my recordings. Then just use softlinks from machines to stream
> > >the SD and HD contents.
> > >
> > >I'll be installing OpenSlug or UnSlung on it.
> > >
> > >I'm more worried that if it has enough horse power and memory to run a
> > >mini http server, some perl cgi and also stream video at a sustained
> > >rate of atleast 20-25Mbps at the same time. I'm willing to overclock
> > >it to 266mhz (nail clipper method seems good).
> > >
> > >
> > I noticed you'd posted a similar question on the NSLU2-Linux Yahoo
> > groups; hopefully you'll get an answer there, if not here.  I too am
> > interested in using a slug, but I want to take it even further, to try
> > to use the slug as a mythbackend (using a USB 2.0-based ATSC tuner) to
> > have it record directly to an attached external USB 2.0 disk.  I'd asked
> > about USB-based ATSC tuners on this list a couple of weeks ago, but
> > apparently nobody's working with them yet.  So I suspect I'm about a
> > year premature.  But I can hope.
> >
> >  From what I've been reading, de-underclocking the CPU to 266MHz is
> > definitely a good idea.  I think the biggest issue (for me, anyway) is
> > the  lack of RAM in the box 32 MB isn't much, and my soldering skills
> > definitely aren't up to adding piggyback RAM.  Too bad Linksys hasn't
> > noticed the community support for this unit and made a more expensive
> > unit that adds extra RAM and maybe gig-e and/or 802.11g wireless, just
> > for the hacker community.
> >
> > Good luck & keep us  informed on your progress.  I'm hoping Santa has a
> > slug in his bag for me...   ;-)
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