For those of you interested in networking your Hughes DirecTV HDTV HR10-250 (as well as other Series2 products) there are some exciting new developments worth mentioning, and I'd like to share some of them with you right now!
First and foremost, we now have the technology to finally begin offering kits, services, and utilities for effectively networking a variety of Series2 units (both standalone and DirecTV). For those of you who follow the nitty-gritty on the tools and techniques that have previously been available, you know that there have always been some strange ways to do this, but from a commercial standpoint, we found those methods to be cryptic, difficult and time-consuming to "mass produce" and most importantly, extremely difficult to support.
All that has changed. New tools have emerged from a group of very sophisticated and forward-looking developers. Historically, tools like this have been released under the GPL, which means they are freely available and redistributable to and by all. In this case, the tools have been released to the general public at no charge, however they are not free for folks like me, who would like the ability to build products and services around these technologies.
This is not a bad thing - in fact it's a good thing - we have made a sizable contribution to this development team, most of which is ear-marked for donation to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (http://www.eff.org/). Most in this community would agree, the EFF is extremely worthy cause, they fight for our rights, both in the digital domain (as well as the analog one). In any case, our licensing agreement gives us the exclusive right to redistribute and incorporate these new tools, and the code they create, into our products and services - and this is what this post is about!
We intend to release a variety of products based upon these technologies, including but not limited to the following:
Pre-configured Upgrade Kits: drive(s) plus USB network adapter, required mounting hardware, tools, etc. and associated installation services. Drives will be configured with TiVoWebPlus, telnet, ftp, and TiVo linux "devbin" utilities.
Boot and Utility Disk with configuration scripts and utilities for DIY network configuration (and capacity upgrade tools) for your unit.
InstantCake to prepare basic, networked drives for the associated platforms we ultimately support.
With all that in mind, I'd like to hear a bit about what folks here want and can ultimately use before we ultimately push something out to you all that may or may not be useful to folks.
I'd like to use this thread to gather feedback, answer any specific questions about the tools, and get a better understanding of what makes the most sense as we develop these new tools.
Series2 Networking Products