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1  General Category / General Discussion / Re: mini-itx: green and affordable plugpc alternative?? a home server for 120$ on: January 27, 2011, 03:54:39 AM
Hi,
The true name is: Dockstar Free Agent.
It is available here for example:
http://www.fnac.com/Seagate-FreeAgent-DockStar-USB-2-0/a2776823/w-4

Best regards,

-- Velo Love
2  General Category / General Discussion / Re: mini-itx: green and affordable plugpc alternative?? a home server for 120$ on: January 26, 2011, 01:51:09 PM
Hi Dammuozz,

@velo_love: interesting! can you give me more details? how much does cost dockstar? did you have to flash ubuntu on it or what??
p.s.:
... The Dockstar manages a usb serial card (it drives my shutters) ...
how cool is that!!??!!! Cheesy

thank you all,
dammuozz

My Dockstar was a Christmas gift from my wife but current price is around 39 euros in France (lowered prices period).

I have installed the Debian Squeeze distro following Jeff Doozan's recommendations (http://jeff.doozan.com/debian/). It is really straightforward.

As said, I let my Guruplug server + with a eSATA disk. This will be my backup system.

The Dockstar is connected to a USB (externally powered) hub which receives:
- a USB disk. At now, I backup my desktop PC and laptop through manual rsync but I will make this stuff automatic on user logout. This USB disk makes a rsync each night with the eSATA disk through a cron job.
- a usb serial relay card. The relays are connected to 2 remote controls which manage my 9 shutters (1 control for 5 shutters and the other one for 4 shutters and an all-sequence). I have developped a small c++ (personal pleasure  Grin client / server application to set / reset the controls. The server runs as a daemon on the Dockstar. The client may be called from all my computers. It is also called by the Dockstar through cron jobs so shutters automatically open / close (I have scheduled to enhance the system by programming time according to sunrise and sunset). All details are available here (in French, sorry, but there are nice pictures  Wink http://www.touteladomotique.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3697
- a usb / serial card to get "téléinfo" that is data about my electrical consumption (power, amperage, unloading...). This card is linked to my electric meter. Currently, data are saved in a file because I don't have time to setup my mySQL database. More details, also in French, here : http://vesta.homelinux.net/wiki/demodulateur_teleinformation_edf.html

Currently missing : the meteo hub. I don't know if I buy a meteo station that may be connected to the Dockstar or if I buy RFXCOM receveir and some radio thermometers. Take any advice  Wink

Regards,

-- Velo Love
3  General Category / General Discussion / Re: mini-itx: green and affordable plugpc alternative?? a home server for 120$ on: January 26, 2011, 01:42:33 AM
Hi,
I shifted my guruplug server+ installation two days ago into a dockstar freegate agent. The guruplug now only keep a backup hard disk managed (crontab).
The Dockstar manages a usb serial card (it drives my shutters), a usb teleinfo card (french stuff to look at data sent by my electrical provider) and a usb hard disk to share file (all these usb items are connected to a powered usb hub).
So far, it works well without being too hot  Wink
4  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Seagate Dockstar availability/price on: January 13, 2011, 02:11:53 AM
For French people, you may find the Dockstar in the FNAC. Prices vary from 39 euros to 59 euros.
5  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Success: webcam/IP-cam with image upload on: September 02, 2010, 02:03:35 PM
Hi,

you should remove your login / password from the script you copy here  Wink
6  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Disable bluetooth and wifi on: August 03, 2010, 11:12:47 PM
Hi,
it seems to me the second echo command sets the LED showing the wifi status. So, if you disable wifi, you no longer need it.
7  General Category / General Discussion / Re: shabang lines don't work on my guru plug on: July 22, 2010, 01:03:09 PM
On my Guruplug Server +:

Code:
~$ which perl
/usr/bin/perl

Moreover, if your program contains
Code:
#!/usr/bin/perl
and is made executable
Code:
chmod +x ms_sync.pl

you can run it directly without calling the perl interpreter:
Code:
./ms_sync.pl
8  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: ARMADA-100 Plugcomputer on: June 29, 2010, 12:18:51 PM
What would you do with it?
Something coldler than the current guruplug server. Mine on 230 V without BT, Wifi is still very hot!   Angry
9  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: /usr on sd card and fstab on: June 28, 2010, 08:51:02 AM
The OP is not trying to boot from SD-card, he is trying to mount /usr from it. This is a totally different issue.
Oups, indeed I misread the message: he only wants to mount /usr and not the whole /. So, sorry !

However, I think it should be simpler to move the whole / onto the sd card  Grin
10  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: /usr on sd card and fstab on: June 28, 2010, 08:06:07 AM
Hi,

I also have a Guruplug server + and I follow this topic to boot from my 8Gb sd card and more particularly this message. It greatly works.
11  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: BUG > Bluetooth PAN on Guruplug on: June 26, 2010, 11:57:51 AM
My point is that, yes, in general the firmware belongs in /lib/firmware, but if you just move it there you may run into trouble because /root/init_setup.sh is not expecting that.
Yes, I quite agree with you: the init_setup.sh file is... strange. It seems to me there is a topic about how to set bluetooth and wifi according linux rules.
12  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: BUG > Bluetooth PAN on Guruplug on: June 25, 2010, 12:07:04 PM
Hi,

in my Guruplug server +, these 2 files sd8688.bin and sd8688_helper.bin are by default in the directory /root/firmware.
I don't use bluetooth but perhaps these files should be moved into the directory /lib/firmware.
13  Linux Stuff / General Linux questions / Re: TurnOff Wifi & BlueTooth on: June 15, 2010, 12:18:24 PM
Hi,

thank you for the tip!

I have also updated the /root/init_setup.file (all lines are commented except for the LED 'health').

Nota: in the file /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist, you should remove ';' at the end of the four added lines.
14  Linux Stuff / General Linux questions / Re: Guruplug not getting its IP address from my router on: June 12, 2010, 10:14:19 AM
Hi fragfutter,

the initial setup of the heater (yeah! i like this one) is bad. If i remember correctly, it is running a local dhcpd and ifplugd.

Ifplugd is interessting if you move the plug around a lot while it is running. Makes sense? No! so remove it. And as the plug is not your main dhcp server, remove the dhcp server also

Yes, indeed, that did the trick! Thank you very much for your support.

if you completely disable the init_setup.sh you might better just comment out the call in /etc/rc.local

I almost disabled the init_setup.sh file: I only keep the line to switch on the "health" LED  Grin
15  Linux Stuff / General Linux questions / [resolved] Guruplug not getting its IP address from my router on: June 11, 2010, 03:36:20 PM
Hi,

I am just starting to play with my heater  Tongue following some posts in the forum but I have some problems with the IP address.

I set my router (running DD-WRT) so it should give a static IP to my Guruplug (association between the Guruplug eth0 MAC and the IP). I already do this for my PC and my laptop and it works. But it fails with my Guruplug Server+.

The original /root/init_setup.sh file is fully disabled (all lines are commented).

This is my /etc/network/interfaces file:
Code:
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

auto eth0
iface eth0 inet dhcp

When I run dhclient, I have:
Code:
There is already a pid file /var/run/dhclient.pid with pid 2251
killed old client process, removed PID file
Internet Systems Consortium DHCP Client V3.1.1
Copyright 2004-2008 Internet Systems Consortium.
All rights reserved.
For info, please visit http://www.isc.org/sw/dhcp/

Listening on LPF/eth1/00:50:43:01:8f:6d
Sending on   LPF/eth1/00:50:43:01:8f:6d
Listening on LPF/eth0/00:50:43:01:8f:6c
Sending on   LPF/eth0/00:50:43:01:8f:6c
Sending on   Socket/fallback
DHCPDISCOVER on eth1 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 4
DHCPREQUEST on eth0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67
DHCPACK from 192.168.1.1
bound to 192.168.1.107 -- renewal in 49 seconds.

As a result, I got the IP @ 192.168.1.107 while I expect 192.168.1.12 as defined in my router for the Guruplug MAC @ 00:50:43:01:8f:6c.

Any ideas?  Huh

Thank you for your support and best regards.
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