Some time ago I bought a Linksys Network Storage Link to get a nice little Debian system for various tasks (MP3 jukebox, brains of a small robot etc..)
Some info about the NSLU2:
- CPU: 266Mhz ARM Intel XScale
- Memory: 32MB RAM, 8MB Flash
- One 10/100MB Ethernet port
- 2 USB 2.0 ports (+2-3 additional "hidden", pins are found on the board)
- Serial port pins for terminal access and for an interface between the NSLU2 and a microcontroller for example
- Another serial port (input only, can be used for the IR-receiver)
- IÂ²C pins can also be found from the board for interfacing
- Run on 5V
So not even near a super machine, but enough for the purpose.
I'm planning to put it in a nice small aluminum box (check the picture for dimensions) with a 2.5" laptop HDD. There will also be a 4-port USB-hub. I have also thought of putting a IR-receiver on the front of the box to control it with a remote (MP3 player etc).
The black part with the 9-pin D-connector hanging from the NSLU2 is a MAX233 (same as MAX232 but doesn't need external capacitors, in case you wondered) board I made. The whole system will be running from a single 5V supply and the power consumption should stay around 10-15W.
Few sketches of the new case (the picture on the front is the logo of Debian Linux distribution in case you wondered):
And few photos of the progress so far:
Got the idea to use this case instead, because it was a bit bigger than the old one and looks nicer too. Forgot that I had few of these broken inverters lying around at home and then I found them and the dimensions were just perfect.
Front and back plates are ready for some drilling. I had to cut the aluminum from a wide |____| shaped aluminum piece because it was the only piece that had the thickness I wanted.
To be continued...
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