minecraft server on usb port possible?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by timjordan, May 8, 2014.

  1. timjordan

    timjordan Connected Client Member

    my kids want me to set up a mine craft server.
    I noticed that my router has a usb port and some internal memory. My question may be ridiculous bout would it be possible to put a usb hard drive, or usb stick into the router and run a mine craft server directly from the usb drive? I have a link sys 3200 with tomato shabby. I love this firm wear. Am a noob when it comes to configuring routers but working on it.
    Anyway feel free to chide or comment, lets see where this goes.
  2. lancethepants

    lancethepants Network Guru Member

    Java is very memory consuming. Plus you need a fairly decent cpu. Running on even the most powerful mipsel router in my opinion will be out of the question. The arm routers are many times more powerful, but I'm not convinced it they would handle it either. Perhaps some research on whether the raspberri pi can handle it would give us a close indication.

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  3. Grimson

    Grimson Networkin' Nut Member

    From time to time I do run a minecraft server on an old root server that has 2GB of ram and an AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ CPU. Both, memory and CPU, will be pushed to their limits after a few hours with active players.

    So running a minecraft server on a device that has only a fraction of the memory and cpu power that this old root server has is a very bad idea.
  4. quihong

    quihong Networkin' Nut Member

    Too funny. There is no way your going to run a minecraft server on a router - mips or arm.

    Pickup a VPS (Virtual Private Server) server instead - ~$10-20 a month.
  5. Monk E. Boy

    Monk E. Boy Network Guru Member

    Another option would be to install virtualization software on your PC (VirtualPC and VirtualBox should both be free) and setup a minecraft server in it. Your PC has to be turned on and logged in for the virtualized system to run, but aside from that it'd be a separate environment from your primary system. You'd need enough RAM and CPU power on your PC to run both whatever you want to do plus the minecraft server, but I'm always itching for an excuse to upgrade my CPU and RAM anyway.

    Or you could find a used system on craigslist, wipe it out, and turn it into a server.
  6. timjordan

    timjordan Connected Client Member

    thanks for the advice. I had no idea what sort of hardware was in these little routers. The usb input was new to me as well. i just thought I woudl ask. I noticed there was small linux software packages that the router could run. We are trying out mine craft realms. its about 10$ a month, less if you pay in advance. It lets the kids invite their friends and play un modded mine craft on one world or switch it to min games temporarily. If this works for them we may keep it, its a lot less hassle than me getting a server up for them and having to maintain it.
  7. timjordan

    timjordan Connected Client Member

  8. timjordan

    timjordan Connected Client Member

    The mine craft realms works really well. Very happy with that. I found I can export the save file and so if I ever quit the realms subscription I can save their worlds. Nice.
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