ADS NAS Drive Kit, revisited.

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  1. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    After exhaustive research, I've figured out what the specs of the hardware in the ADS NAS Drive Kit are (see below), which means I could concievably build a tiny OS with the appropriate drivers. I also know that it runs eCLinux on a MIPS CPU and that the firmware can be flashed via a .IMG file. What scares me is the concept of trying to build an image file to flash the firmware with, when I don't know the internal structure of the original image file. Thoughts from the hacker crowd?

    CPU:
    1x PMC-Sierra MSP2006-AC-X
    170MHz 32-bit MIPS32 4Km CPU w/ 2x 10/100 Ethernet MACs & PCI Bus & ELB Bus
    http://www.pmc-sierra.com/products/details/msp2006/

    RAM:
    2x ProMOS V54C3256164VD I7
    256Mbit 143MHz CL3-Latency CMOS DRAM
    http://www.promos.com.tw/website/html/english/product/V54/V54C3256164VD(Ind.).pdf

    Flash:
    1x Samsung K8D3216UBC-PI07
    32Mbit NOR Flash RAM
    http://www.samsung.com/Products/Semiconductor/common/partnumbersearch.aspx?partnum=K8D3216UBC&cd1=PI07&x=19&y=8

    IDE:
    1X ITE 8211F
    2-Channel, 4-Device Ultra-ATA-133 IDE controller
    http://www.iteusa.com/product_info/PC/Brief-IT8211_2.asp

    LAN:
    1x ICPlus IP101
    10/100 802.3(u) Auto-negotiating Ethernet transciever
    http://www.icplus.com.tw/pp-IP101.html
     
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    New info!

    One of the tech support monkeys at ADS told me that he's pretty sure the firmware is encoded in ROMFS format, AND a firmware upgrade was posted on the ADS website not too long ago. What this means is finally I have a sample firmware to try to decode, and some knowledge of how to decode it. Progress is progress; anybody who wants to try poking at this firmware file can get it here: http://www.adstech.com/products/NAS-806-EF/downloads/drivers/NAS_Firmware_Update.zip

    A $100 embedded computer with ethernet, effectively unlimited storage, and (possibly in the future) an open-source, extensible OS? It could be a fun thing.
     

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