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Is it posible to add MediaMVP support to NAS200

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Network Storage Devices' started by eferraro, Apr 1, 2008.

  1. eferraro

    eferraro Addicted to LI Member

    I am looking at trying to setup a home network entertainment system. I am on the waiting list for a PopcornHour client to run as part of my system.

    I do have 2 Media MVPs that I used when I had SageTV. They are currently gathering dust in a closet. I would love to be able to reserect them and add them through out the house but the MVP work of the PC using a dongle.bin. I was surching the web and found this

    is this something that could be added to the NAS200 or should I not even bother. Unfortunitly I am not a linux user that is why I am asking for guidance on this

    Thank you
  2. axe2j

    axe2j LI Guru Member

    I don't see why not. You should only need to compile dhcpd and tftpd. I'm kind of busy now or I would try it myself...
  3. jac_goudsmit

    jac_goudsmit Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    The website says the mvpmc player can use UPnP so it can play media off the NAS200 if you activate the Twonky server.

    As for booting the mvpmc from the NAS200: it shouldn't be difficult to add a DHCP daemon and TFTP daemon to the NAS200 firmware and configure them to serve the dongle.bin file that your link points to. If you use my firmware, you can put dhcpd and tftpd on the harddisk and run them from there (unfortunately if you run my NAS200 firmware, you will also have to run Twonky off the harddisk because the built-in Twonky seems to break with self-compiled firmware).

    NAS200 runs its own version of Linux, not Debian or Mandrake (now known as Mandriva by the way) or any other "standard" distro. So the installation instructions with apt-get and urpmi are kinda useless. As I said in another thread, I've been building my NAS200 applications by using ROOT=/path options with emerge commands under Gentoo Linux. I built atftp and dhcp for you but I don't have time right now to prune the gunk out, write startup scripts and test everything.

    The tarballs will not work "out of the box", they depend on Gentoo scripts that are not included and aren't part of the NAS200 firmware. You (or someone else) will have to walk through the tarballs to sort out which files you need and which files need to be moved or changed before you can run this on a NAS200.

    The atftp tarball is pretty clean but dhcp depended on net-tools so it also has all kinds of other stuff that isn't essential for dhcp to work.

    If you're not an experienced Linux user, I'm afraid you're going to need some help... If someone wants to volunteer to prune the tarballs and juggle the contents into something that's usable on the NAS200, I'd be happy to host the changes (and credit you for them of course).

  4. eferraro

    eferraro Addicted to LI Member

    Thank your for your quick reply. This is something that I might look further into. I guess my biggist worry is bricking my NAS. But I will do some further investigation into this.

    Once again thankyou
  5. jac_goudsmit

    jac_goudsmit Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    The only time that you can brick your NAS is when you flash it. If you flash my firmware, you can do all the experimenting on the hard disk and there is a failsafe mechanism so that it won't start your script if it didn't finish running during the previous boot. If that doesn't work, you can still take the harddisk out and use it with another Linux PC to undo any changes.

    Furthermore, there is always the possibility of adding a serial port or JTAG to your NAS. It's not easy to unbrick a NAS200 if JTAG is the only option (i.e. if Redboot has gone haywire) but it IS possible.

    In short, I wouldn't worry about it. Now go play :)


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