Category Computers

An ESP8266 Wifi module — first impressions

On Dec 4th 2014 I purchased a “ESP8266 Remote Serial Port WIFI Transceiver Wireless Module” from banggood.com, based on an ESP8266 reference design by http://espressif.com. Here are my initial experiences poking around with the device. (Usual caveat — this post is largely to help my own recollections. If it helps you too, that’s a bonus.) Board […]

Building OpenWRT under FreeBSD

I’d been toying recently with building OpenWRT natively under FreeBSD, but my Google-fu failed to reveal a sufficiently up-to-date “how to”. So, I had a colleague (Chris Holman) nut out the details, and we’ve put up short description here of how we prepared both a FreeBSD 8.x jail and a FreeBSD 9.1 (actually a PCBSD 9.1) […]

Programming the Arduino Uno and Nano under PCBSD 9.1

This post describes the small patch required to the FreeBSD Port of avrdude 5.11 to enable programming of the Arduino Uno R3 directly from a PCBSD 9.1 desktop. At the time of writing, the Arduino IDE version 1.0.3 is available as a PCBSD “PBI“. This PBI bundles avrdude version 5.11, which does the low-level programming for […]

OpenWRT under Qemu on FreeBSD

Inspired by this post, I decided to try running OpenWRT under Qemu on FreeBSD. In particular, ARM versions of OpenWRT’s Attitude Adjustment r29537 (December 2011) and r34778 (December 2012) as Qemu 1.1.1 virtual machines on FreeBSD 8.3-STABLE (r242546). I focused on Qemu 1.1.1 because that was the current latest version of Qemu in the FreeBSD […]

Ext3 and USB Ethernet/Serial for NS-K330/OpenWRT

This post follows on from my initial experiments with running OpenWRT on the NS-K330. I briefly document adding support for Ext3-formatted USB drives (using kmod-fs-ext4), ASIX-based and DM9601-based USB-Ethernet adapters and PL2303-based USB-Serial adapters to my NS-K330.

OpenWRT on the NS-K330

At the start of 2011 I began experimenting with an NS-K330 “NAS”, eventually running SnakeOS, Debian and FreeBSD 9. This post describes my more recent experiments with OpenWRT on the NS-K330.

USB-Ethernet for MiniX media player

Back in September I purchased a MiniX clone from DealExtreme. The device appears functional, and pre-rooted for convenient access via ADB. However, WiFi connectivity was…. pathetic. In the past few days I’ve received two cheap USB-Ethernet adapters from DealExtreme that solved my network connectivity problems. One is based on DM96xx chipset, the other on an […]

ADB (android debug bridge) access to MiniX media player

I’ve recently purchased a tiny, Android-based “MiniX” clone media player from DX.com. Primarily for my own records, this post summarises how I established an ADB link over the MiniX’s OTG USB port via my FreeBSD 8.3-PRERELEASE home server.  It might be of interest to you if you’re reading this and you’re not me.

The MiniX clone’s OTG USB port under FreeBSD

I’ve recently purchased a tiny, Android-based “MiniX” clone media player from DX.com. Primarily for my own records, this post summarises what the MiniX’s OTG USB port looks like when plugged into a FreeBSD host. It might be of interest to you if you’re reading this and you’re not me.

Mini Android 4.0 Network Media Player — a MiniX clone

I’ve recently purchased a tiny, Android-based media player from DX.com — mostly so I can hack on it, and perhaps use it for its nominal purpose of streaming media over my home network. I purchased mine on August 22nd 2012 and received it on September 12th — not too bad for DX.com free delivery. This […]