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  • DaylanDarby
    I m looking to convert one of my slugs to a poor man s iolan (with 2 USB ports). I figure to do this I need screen (or equivalent) and serial and network
    Message 1 of 8 , Apr 18, 2010
      I'm looking to convert one of my slugs to a poor man's iolan (with 2 USB
      ports).

      I figure to do this I need 'screen' (or equivalent) and serial and
      network drivers - nothing else.

      Has anyone been able to embed a stripped down debian on the box itself
      (no external drives)?

      If so I'd like a pointer to your URL or information on how to do this.

      Thanks,

      Daylan

      PS. I know that I can do with with a single USB port (the other with a
      thumb drive for debian) and I assume I could do this with a hub, but I'm
      interested if a stripped down embedded debian is possible
    • Steve
      You might want to take a look at the program ser2net. I think it would help make this happen. If it is not in the feeds, it can be built from source easily.
      Message 2 of 8 , Apr 19, 2010
        You might want to take a look at the program ser2net. I think it would help make this happen. If it is not in the feeds, it can be built from source easily.
        Steve


        --- In nslu2-linux@yahoogroups.com, DaylanDarby <DaylanDarby@...> wrote:
        >
        > I'm looking to convert one of my slugs to a poor man's iolan (with 2 USB
        > ports).
        >
        > I figure to do this I need 'screen' (or equivalent) and serial and
        > network drivers - nothing else.
        >
        > Has anyone been able to embed a stripped down debian on the box itself
        > (no external drives)?
        >
        > If so I'd like a pointer to your URL or information on how to do this.
        >
        > Thanks,
        >
        > Daylan
        >
        > PS. I know that I can do with with a single USB port (the other with a
        > thumb drive for debian) and I assume I could do this with a hub, but I'm
        > interested if a stripped down embedded debian is possible
        >
      • Mike Westerhof (mwester)
        ... This is pretty much what SlugOS does. OpenWRT will also do the job. -Mike (mwester)
        Message 3 of 8 , Apr 19, 2010
          DaylanDarby wrote:
          > I'm looking to convert one of my slugs to a poor man's iolan (with 2 USB
          > ports).
          >
          > I figure to do this I need 'screen' (or equivalent) and serial and
          > network drivers - nothing else.
          >
          > Has anyone been able to embed a stripped down debian on the box itself
          > (no external drives)?
          >
          > If so I'd like a pointer to your URL or information on how to do this.
          >

          This is pretty much what SlugOS does. OpenWRT will also do the job.

          -Mike (mwester)
        • DaylanDarby
          Completely embedded? I thought that all but the original linksys was too big to fit entirely within the Slug? Note I wanted both USB ports for iolan (not one
          Message 4 of 8 , Apr 20, 2010
            Completely embedded? I thought that all but the original linksys was too
            big to fit entirely within the Slug?

            Note I wanted both USB ports for iolan (not one for USB stick/drive
            holding OS).

            Mike Westerhof (mwester) wrote:
            >
            > DaylanDarby wrote:
            > > I'm looking to convert one of my slugs to a poor man's iolan (with 2
            > USB
            > > ports).
            > >
            > > I figure to do this I need 'screen' (or equivalent) and serial and
            > > network drivers - nothing else.
            > >
            > > Has anyone been able to embed a stripped down debian on the box itself
            > > (no external drives)?
            > >
            > > If so I'd like a pointer to your URL or information on how to do this.
            > >
            >
            > This is pretty much what SlugOS does. OpenWRT will also do the job.
            >
            > -Mike (mwester)
            >
            >
          • Mark Kelly
            Openwrt will definitely work for what you are trying to do. It will fit just fine in the on board memory. If by an iolan you are simply trying to accomplish
            Message 5 of 8 , Apr 20, 2010
              Openwrt will definitely work for what you are trying to do.  It will fit just fine in the on board memory.  If by an iolan you are simply trying to accomplish serial to ethernet conversion, then simply install openwrt, and use the built in package manager to install ser2net as was mentioned before and you will be able to use both usb ports for usb to serial adapters.  I've done this many, many times and it works great.  Only hiccup is making sure you install the correct kernel models for your usb dongles, but you can do that with the package manager also.

              On Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 9:26 PM, DaylanDarby <DaylanDarby@...> wrote:
              Completely embedded? I thought that all but the original linksys was too
              big to fit entirely within the Slug?

              Note I wanted both USB ports for iolan (not one for USB stick/drive
              holding OS).

              Mike Westerhof (mwester) wrote:
              >
              > DaylanDarby wrote:
              > > I'm looking to convert one of my slugs to a poor man's iolan (with 2
              > USB
              > > ports).
              > >
              > > I figure to do this I need 'screen' (or equivalent) and serial and
              > > network drivers - nothing else.
              > >
              > > Has anyone been able to embed a stripped down debian on the box itself
              > > (no external drives)?
              > >
              > > If so I'd like a pointer to your URL or information on how to do this.
              > >
              >
              > This is pretty much what SlugOS does. OpenWRT will also do the job.
              >
              > -Mike (mwester)
              >
              >



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            • CORNELIU DOBAN
              I m using SugOS on memstick (but I suppose it will fit in the 8MB internal flash if desired) with screen and picocom to connect to a SheevaPlug serial to
              Message 6 of 8 , Apr 21, 2010
                I'm using SugOS on memstick (but I suppose it will fit in the 8MB internal flash if desired) with "screen" and "picocom" to connect to a SheevaPlug serial to usb adaptor.

                The installation steps are posted here:
                http://plugcomputer.org/plugforum/index.php?topic=124.0

                Regards,
                Corneliu

                --- On Tue, 4/20/10, Mark Kelly <mekelly5@...> wrote:

                From: Mark Kelly <mekelly5@...>
                Subject: Re: [nslu2-linux] Poor man's iolan?
                To: nslu2-linux@yahoogroups.com
                Received: Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 8:20 PM

                 

                Openwrt will definitely work for what you are trying to do.  It will fit just fine in the on board memory.  If by an iolan you are simply trying to accomplish serial to ethernet conversion, then simply install openwrt, and use the built in package manager to install ser2net as was mentioned before and you will be able to use both usb ports for usb to serial adapters.  I've done this many, many times and it works great.  Only hiccup is making sure you install the correct kernel models for your usb dongles, but you can do that with the package manager also.

                On Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 9:26 PM, DaylanDarby <DaylanDarby@ gmail.com> wrote:
                Completely embedded? I thought that all but the original linksys was too
                big to fit entirely within the Slug?

                Note I wanted both USB ports for iolan (not one for USB stick/drive
                holding OS).

                Mike Westerhof (mwester) wrote:
                >
                > DaylanDarby wrote:
                > > I'm looking to convert one of my slugs to a poor man's iolan (with 2
                > USB
                > > ports).
                > >
                > > I figure to do this I need 'screen' (or equivalent) and serial and
                > > network drivers - nothing else.
                > >
                > > Has anyone been able to embed a stripped down debian on the box itself
                > > (no external drives)?
                > >
                > > If so I'd like a pointer to your URL or information on how to do this.
                > >
                >
                > This is pretty much what SlugOS does. OpenWRT will also do the job.
                >
                > -Mike (mwester)
                >
                >



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              • Steve
                You can also put a USB stick on an unused USB port inside. It works well for me and keeps the external ones free. It requires soldering etc but the details are
                Message 7 of 8 , Apr 21, 2010
                  You can also put a USB stick on an unused USB port inside. It works well for me and keeps the external ones free. It requires soldering etc but the details are on the wiki. Static precautions of course :)
                  Steve

                  --- In nslu2-linux@yahoogroups.com, CORNELIU DOBAN <corneliu_doban@...> wrote:
                  >
                  > I'm using SugOS on memstick (but I suppose it will fit in the 8MB internal flash if desired) with "screen" and "picocom" to connect to a SheevaPlug serial to usb adaptor.
                  >
                  > The installation steps are posted here:
                  > http://plugcomputer.org/plugforum/index.php?topic=124.0
                  >
                  > Regards,
                  > Corneliu
                  >
                  > --- On Tue, 4/20/10, Mark Kelly <mekelly5@...> wrote:
                  >
                  > From: Mark Kelly <mekelly5@...>
                  > Subject: Re: [nslu2-linux] Poor man's iolan?
                  > To: nslu2-linux@yahoogroups.com
                  > Received: Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 8:20 PM
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >  
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > Openwrt will definitely work for what you are trying to do.  It will fit just fine in the on board memory.  If by an iolan you are simply trying to accomplish serial to ethernet conversion, then simply install openwrt, and use the built in package manager to install ser2net as was mentioned before and you will be able to use both usb ports for usb to serial adapters.  I've done this many, many times and it works great.  Only hiccup is making sure you install the correct kernel models for your usb dongles, but you can do that with the package manager also.
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > On Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 9:26 PM, DaylanDarby <DaylanDarby@ gmail.com> wrote:
                  >
                  >
                  > Completely embedded? I thought that all but the original linksys was too
                  >
                  > big to fit entirely within the Slug?
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > Note I wanted both USB ports for iolan (not one for USB stick/drive
                  >
                  > holding OS).
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > Mike Westerhof (mwester) wrote:
                  >
                  > >
                  >
                  > > DaylanDarby wrote:
                  >
                  > > > I'm looking to convert one of my slugs to a poor man's iolan (with 2
                  >
                  > > USB
                  >
                  > > > ports).
                  >
                  > > >
                  >
                  > > > I figure to do this I need 'screen' (or equivalent) and serial and
                  >
                  > > > network drivers - nothing else.
                  >
                  > > >
                  >
                  > > > Has anyone been able to embed a stripped down debian on the box itself
                  >
                  > > > (no external drives)?
                  >
                  > > >
                  >
                  > > > If so I'd like a pointer to your URL or information on how to do this.
                  >
                  > > >
                  >
                  > >
                  >
                  > > This is pretty much what SlugOS does. OpenWRT will also do the job.
                  >
                  > >
                  >
                  > > -Mike (mwester)
                  >
                  > >
                  >
                  > >
                  >
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                • DaylanDarby
                  Exactly the use for which I wanted. One slug as terminal server for two SheevaPlugs. (I didn t even think to look on the plugcomputer site for a slug setup).
                  Message 8 of 8 , Apr 21, 2010
                    Exactly the use for which I wanted. One slug as terminal server for two
                    SheevaPlugs.
                    (I didn't even think to look on the plugcomputer site for a slug setup).

                    Thanks
                    Daylan

                    CORNELIU DOBAN wrote:
                    >
                    >
                    > I'm using SugOS on memstick (but I suppose it will fit in the 8MB
                    > internal flash if desired) with "screen" and "picocom" to connect to a
                    > SheevaPlug serial to usb adaptor.
                    >
                    > The installation steps are posted here:
                    > http://plugcomputer.org/plugforum/index.php?topic=124.0
                    >
                    > Regards,
                    > Corneliu
                    >
                    > --- On *Tue, 4/20/10, Mark Kelly /<mekelly5@...>/* wrote:
                    >
                    >
                    > From: Mark Kelly <mekelly5@...>
                    > Subject: Re: [nslu2-linux] Poor man's iolan?
                    > To: nslu2-linux@yahoogroups.com
                    > Received: Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 8:20 PM
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > Openwrt will definitely work for what you are trying to do. It
                    > will fit just fine in the on board memory. If by an iolan you are
                    > simply trying to accomplish serial to ethernet conversion, then
                    > simply install openwrt, and use the built in package manager to
                    > install ser2net as was mentioned before and you will be able to
                    > use both usb ports for usb to serial adapters. I've done this
                    > many, many times and it works great. Only hiccup is making sure
                    > you install the correct kernel models for your usb dongles, but
                    > you can do that with the package manager also.
                    >
                    > On Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 9:26 PM, DaylanDarby <DaylanDarby@
                    > gmail.com </mc/compose?to=DaylanDarby@...>> wrote:
                    >
                    > Completely embedded? I thought that all but the original
                    > linksys was too
                    > big to fit entirely within the Slug?
                    >
                    > Note I wanted both USB ports for iolan (not one for USB
                    > stick/drive
                    > holding OS).
                    >
                    > Mike Westerhof (mwester) wrote:
                    > >
                    > > DaylanDarby wrote:
                    > > > I'm looking to convert one of my slugs to a poor man's
                    > iolan (with 2
                    > > USB
                    > > > ports).
                    > > >
                    > > > I figure to do this I need 'screen' (or equivalent) and
                    > serial and
                    > > > network drivers - nothing else.
                    > > >
                    > > > Has anyone been able to embed a stripped down debian on
                    > the box itself
                    > > > (no external drives)?
                    > > >
                    > > > If so I'd like a pointer to your URL or information on how
                    > to do this.
                    > > >
                    > >
                    > > This is pretty much what SlugOS does. OpenWRT will also do
                    > the job.
                    > >
                    > > -Mike (mwester)
                    > >
                    > >
                    >
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