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It looked to be small, silent, inexpensive and flexible enough to provide backup and file storage to my network. My only concerns were reports that it would only work with Microsoft Windows and that it formatted its disks with a proprietary filesystem.


How To: Hacking the Linksys NSLU2 – Part 1

But throwing caution to the wind, I found a deal on the web, ordered it and a couple of days later, it arrived in the mail. After I hooked up an external drive, connected to it with my web browser and configured it using the web interface, the NSLU2 was serving files on my home network in no time. Despite Linksys’ documentation to the contrary, using it with MacOS X and Linux was no problem, since both operating systems support the Microsoft SMB file server protocol used by the box.

I was just getting started.

NSLU2 – Wikipedia

As nice as this tiny silent unit was, I couldn’t leave well-enough alone. I knew it had more potential since internally linkys little box ran Linux.

With dual USB 2. Or maybe a print server to go with the file storage? Full control of the USB ports would really open up new possibilities, but how to get into it?


So download a copy of the current firmware before you start, and don’t go trying to get help from Linksys if you break it. Finding a back door Page 3: A dead end and a way around Page 4: Are we in yet? It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway.

Exploring the NSLU2 by looking at its internal file structures using any method that doesn’t modify its code should leave your warranty intact. But modifying the NSLU2 in any way will void your warranty.

Introduction Finding a back door A dead end and a way around Are we in yet? Subscribe to our newsletter.