I recently bought this gadget at walmart called the Dane-Elec Media Streamer
that I had been eyeing for some time. It is a small battery powerd portable wifi
streaming device about the size of my tp-link mr3020. After playing around with
it I feel that it has potential but the android app for it is in beta (i think) and
leaves alot to be desired. My first complaint is that the only supported format
for upload is photos and it has to be from the camera app, you can't even upload
a picture from the gallery, and only one at a time.
So I did some searching to see if the device has any support from the hacker
community, but there is none as far as I can tell. So I did some more searching
and I found that the device looks to be a clone of this device made by Gigastone
called the Smartbox. Now the Smartbox also has an app but it looks like it has
more features. I already tried the smartbox app to see if it works with the
media streamer but it doesn't.
Some how I stumbled upon this page and found lots of info about the device.
Specifications listed for the SmartBox A2-25B and A2-50B include:
Processor — Qualcomm Atheros AR9331 (1x MIPs 24K core @ 400MHz)
Memory — 128MB DDR RAM; 32MB SPI flash
Storage — SDHC/SDXC card slot with microSD adapter; up to 32GB
Wireless — 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz) access point/personal hotspot with AP bridge function (up to 10 meters)
Streaming format support — MP4/MOV/M4V, MP3/WAV, JPG/PNG/BMP
Other I/O — USB port (for charging in and out)
2500mAh, 8-hour active, 16-hour standby (A2-25B)
5000mAh, 16-hour active, 32 hours standby (A2-50B)
DC 5V/ 1000mA power
Up to 4 hours battery backup for USB-attached mobile device (A2-25B)
Weight — 75g (A2-25B); 140g (A2-50B)
Dimensions — 75 x 60 x 16.1mm (A2-25B); 75 x 60 x 22.5mm (A2-50B)
Operating system — embedded Linux 2.6.31; supports access from free Android or iOS app
The page also states:
Internally, the box runs Linux on a Qualcomm Atheros AR9331 (pdf) processor, a Gigastone rep informed us.
This part no longer appears to be supported by Qualcomm as one of its 12 XSPAN AR9xxx processors.
The AR9331 offers a single MIPS 24k core clocked at 400MHz, and is typically paired with the WiFi-oriented
OpenWRT Linux. The device also has 128MB DDR RAM and 32MB SPI flash, says Gigastone.
So I can't tell if it runs openwrt or not but if it does then maybe it can be hacked
to add ftp server support by adding some packages. My goal would be to add an ftp
server feature and just use ES file explorer to manage uploading files to the device
from my phone. That way I could do batch uploads/downloads and still stream off
the device. I already tried to see if I could connect to it using es file explorer but
I can't. So any ideas?