Open Call on 3500L

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Chief Wiggum
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Open Call on 3500L

Hi all,

I have had a WRT-3500L since the beginning of the year. I have tried TomatoUSB and Toastman's version of TU. I liked it but it was less stable (for me) so I am on TU.

I'd really like to be able to use the router as my media server. I have 2TB GoFlex (USB2.0) Drive hooked up to it (NTFS). I have about 1GB of media on it, and my setup crashes when it scans for media. I don't think the drive crashes. But the router drops wifi and freezes (even on wired)-- so it makes it kind of useless; especially since we have multiple devices that use wireless constantly-- Wii, Nook, smartphones, laptop, netbook...

I have no hesitation about flashing my router, so I geuss one question would be does the Kong firmware alleviate any of these issue?

And if not, what can help? I am offloading my media so I can at least reformat to Fat32 since that is faster (and I don't have HD sources for my ripped media). But any suggestions about moving to a different file would be welcome.

 

Thanks all...

Brandon C
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I am using Toastman's Tomato

I am using Toastman's Tomato firmware now but I do have to set the media database to be saved on the external drive.
I mount my drive and then select a custom path and use a folder on the hard drive.
If I try to use Ram or JFFS the database is to big and does the same thing you are experiencing.

Chief Wiggum
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Really... Hmmm. I may take

Really... Hmmm. I may take another look at Toastman again... Would you happen to know if Kong firmwares have those issues as well?

Brandon C
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I don't know about Kong's

I don't know about Kong's firmware. I would think any firmware would have a problem if you are creating a database larger than the space available.

You would need to see if you can select a custom path for the database with Kong's.

Chief Wiggum
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Brandon C said: I don't know

Brandon C said: I don't know about Kong's firmware. I would think any firmware would have a problem if you are creating a database larger than the space available. You would need to see if you can select a custom path for the database with Kong's.

I have tried but I do not know long it actually takes reaf all the media. Perhaps, it being an NTFS drive is the issue...?

Kong
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Hi Chief,

Hi Chief,

for larger media directories it is neccessary, that you store the db on an external media, my build also has a setting for that. In case you don't do that my builds won't crash, but minidlna will stop in such a case. DD-WRT always keep a few MB of RAM only for the OS, so processes cannot hang ddwrt in case they consume to much memory.

Chief Wiggum
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Kong said: Hi Chief, for larger media directories it is neccessary, that you store the db on an external media, my build also has a setting for that. In case you don't do that my builds won't crash, but minidlna will stop in such a case. DD-WRT always keep a few MB of RAM only for the OS, so processes cannot hang ddwrt in case they consume to much memory.

 

(Yes, I did try that-- db on the external, and I will do it on the reformat as well...)

 

Can you recommend a build of your mod for me?

Also, I have off-loaded my media, so my 2TB is available to reformat... I do have a have VM of Ubuntu on my machine and I also have a Gparted Live disc around... Should I reformat to a Linux type file format? ext3/4? FAT32? NTFS?

 

(Thanks!)

Chief Wiggum
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I actually just downloaded

I actually just downloaded and flashed 17140-samba3-ftp-usb to my 3500L.

Now just trying to figure out drive thing...