The reason i ask is that there are some spare Router boxes here with
300mhz dual core cpu and 64 meg ram and 2 meg SSD and a USB slot.
There is a version of a particular Distro which i am sure you know about
as the industry standard embedded distro. There is a version specific to the chip
inside these routers and it is the correct firmare.
I intend to flash the chip with this embedded distro firmware so the router then runs
Linux for me.
The reason for this is to just get usage out of the routers....one project i want
to do is a WI FI internet radio. This is real easy and uses the USB port on the
router for a USB soundcard. It makes a lovely WI FI internet radio system. (see below)
The embedded Linux in question does not have many GUI apps in the repo
but there are 3.5k of apps in there....mainly command line apps ....but there
are things like music daemons....music deamon clients.....web browsers like
"elinks" and many many more terminal apps "sceen" for example.
The cpu is a MIPS archicteture and i have already found many other apps compiled for
this Linux distro under MIPS , included "mplayer" and "Links" browser and many
I realize i can compile ANY gui app for this Distro but i never tried it....such as
say "Abiword" or "Leadpad".
But as far as i see it, with your desctiption about VNC then i should "see" movie
playback on my client machine coming from the work done by Mplayer on
the router machine's CPU. since "mplayer" will be run in framebuffer and
also "Links" browser.
To me, that's reason enough to stop cobwebs on a router and actually use it.
There are infact 4 routers here that have the Distro available for thier chip
and they have good specs with a USB port.
The routers are "Bt home hub 3" and "Orange Livebox 92be" and a Huwai router
and also a "Brightbox".https://youtube.com/watch?v=Bp26xFBwrJs
i listen to a lot of internet radio and using a router means no power wasted
driving a laptop...so