NAS (network area storage) + Bittorent = Dedicated Bit Torrent Downloading Device. (DBTDD)?

June 5, 2006 at 10:47 am Leave a comment

After trying to fit linux on ipaq craze has left me. im on to a new pet project. How does a dedicated device for downloading bit torrent files, sits on a network, and that takes up roughly 12V-ish sound? Leaving my PC on 24/7 is expensive in terms of both power consumption and wear & tear. Enter NAS + embedded linux. NAS is basically a hard disk storage device (external casing) with a network card built-in and is able to stand on it’s own in a network without the need of being attached directly to the computer to serve applications or files to a network’s users. Embedded Linux is the use of Linux in embedded systems such as cell phones, PDAs, media player handsets, and other consumer electronics devices which resides on flash memory like EPROM. Add a NAS with a hackable embedded linux and wa la~ we have a dedicated bit torrent downloading device.

Scouring the net, there wasn’t much in way of a hackable NAS devices, until recently. With the appearance of the Linksys’ NSLU2 Network Storage Link and the Maxtor Shared Storage, things are about to change.

Linksys NSLU2
The Linksys NSLU2 is basically an embedded computer on the Intel IXP420 Network Processor, 8MB of flash, 32MB of RAM and a single Realtek RTL8201 Single-Port 10/100M Fast Ethernet and dual USB 2.0 ports. The great thing about the Linksys NSL is that the embedded linux is hackable just like the Linksys WRT54G (less than ver5).

replacing the Linksys firmware with an one based on uNSLUng is necessary for the hack and Bittorrent is possible with torrentflux web based PHP client, apache/PHP and Pearl.

Maxtor Shared Storage
The Maxtor Shared Storage (MSS) is quite similar to the NSLU2 with a Broadcom 266MHz BCM4780 as the main processor for the unit board, dual USB 2.0, 32 MB of RAM (and VIA 10/100 Fast Ethernet?)

as with the Linksys NSLU2, a modded firmware of the original MSS is needed to gain root access. the catch is you need an application called Broadcom hndtools-3.0 toolchain which can only be used on x86 Linux machine. Torrenting is achieved by webspace with PHP., CTorrent and a script written by Jon the website.


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