Quick question for the QNX literate.
I have a pair of set top digital video recorders (tivo's) that currently connect to the 'net daily for program guide updates. Its the only thing I use the phone line for anymore, and at $20 a month I'd love to be rid of it.
The tivo can take a homebrew ethernet setup that mounts inside and costs about $100. You can also use a serial port connection on it for PPP at a more than reasonable rate with just a few script changes in the tivo.
So I could run a serial line from each tivo to a PC thats running linux or windows with an IP routing package. Except I dont have any PC's in the house near either tivo and I dont leave them on all the time.
That leaves me with a set of options:
- Put the ethernet cards in the tivo's and run ethernet wiring (cost, $200 + wire + a day or two snaking wire)
- Run cat 5 from the tivo's to a PC and either leave it on or manually force an update every few days (wire+snake)
- Leave an rs232 pig tail hanging out from each one and hook my laptop up to it every few days (free but a pain)
Or for the reason for this thread:
I have a pair of Audreys that after much tinkering, updating and fooling around are now languishing in a box in my office. I have one 3com usb ethernet unit and can get another one cheaply enough. The audrey has a serial port on it.
Does the QNX image and/or any of the audrey software components allow simultaneous access to the audreys serial port and USB ethernet, and is there a PPP module that will operate on the serial port, and is there a routing module that will route between the PPP serial interface and the ethernet interface???
If there is, then I can connect each tivo to an audrey via their respective serial ports, spend the time snaking a pair of ethernet cables at very little cost, slip the audreys into a cabinet and out of sight, and problem solved.
If this is just a major not-going-to-happen, if someone wants to make me an offer on one or both audreys, both are fully updated with shell access and one has the image with the mp3 player on it, one has the usb ethernet. I have both boxes, the manuals, all the parts and everything is in fine condition, one was used for a couple of weeks and the other was updated and then boxed up. I can go ebay them but i'd rather see them go to someone here.
I also have an IA-1 thats seen a few months of use, I already activated the free MSN on it so thats out the window. I already cleared the BIOS and its fully accessible. I also have a 340mb IBM microdrive with pcmcia adapter that can go with this (or not), the microdrive contains a booting version of windows 95, but I never got around to putting the display, modem, etc drivers on it.
Let me know if someone has some insight to the routing abilities of QNX and/or interest in the items!