[vdr] VDR on OpenWRT / embedded system

Laz laz at club-burniston.co.uk
Fri Feb 29 08:55:00 CET 2008


On Wednesday 27 February 2008 19:46:40 Artem Makhutov wrote:
> Hi,
>
> has anybody thought of running VDR on OpenWRT?
>
> The Asus WL-500g Premium is an wlan access point with two USB 2.0 Ports.
> It has a 266 MHz Broadcom BCM94704 MIPS CPU and is running linux.
>
> http://wiki.openwrt.org/OpenWrtDocs/Hardware/Asus/WL500GP
>
> It is possible to connect a harddrive and some USB DVB-S cards via USB
> to the access point.
>
> So VDR has to be compiled for the MIPS architecture.
>
> The benefit of an access point is that it makes absolutly no noice,
> is quite inexpensive and takes less electricity.
>
> It would be great if the access point could record videos on its harddisk
> and share them over network via samba or stream it...
>
> Is this possible? Any ideas?

Not exactly the same but I've had vdr running relatively successfully on a 
Linksys NSLU2, a.k.a. Slug, which was running Debian:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NSLU2

These have got an Intel XScale processor running at 133 MHz (underclocked from 
233 MHz) and a whole 32 MB of RAM (although it's possible to upgrade that 
with some dubious soldering...).

I had a USB external disk and a USB DVB card on it and I used it as a backup 
system for when I went away.

It worked reasonably well but the lack of RAM was a bit of an issue because it 
would occasionally randomly kill processes due to a lack of memory!

Overall, it worked but there's no serial port (well, no external serial port: 
you can solder one on) so I couldn't get a LIRC remote detector on it. I 
can't remember if I tried the remote detector on the USB card: probably not 
because there's no video output so you wouldn't be able to see what you were 
doing, anyway! I've never managed to get more than one USB DVB device to work 
properly together for any length of time and a single DVB device would be 
restrictive.

I was setting timers using a script which converted dates and times into SVDRP 
commands.

There's also the MediaMVP which is a small (I think) MIPS system but that's 
designed for this sort of thing so maybe not as interesting!

Cheers,

Laz



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