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WLAN PXE boot - coffeenet - 03-20-2011

SX35GT with openelec to an XBMCbuntu (10.10) server/backend. Using WNDR3700 dual-band wireless router as DNS server. XBMCbuntu server can be either wired or wireless.

1) If the server is wired only, is there a way to PXE boot over wireless LAN, through the router to the hardwired server? (Like using the router as a bridge)

2) If the server is wireless only, is PXE boot possible? What about a WLAN/LAN configuration that might work?

3) If neither of these is possible, whats the best way to make a disk image to overlay on other Shuttles?

4) If PXE boot is successful, will CPU/processing burden fall more on the server than the client (shuttle)? Is this configurable?

Re: WLAN PXE boot - gilphilbert - 03-20-2011

Hi coffeenet,

You shouldn't need to worry too much about the networking on the server - as long as the client can PXE boot (usually only available with a wired card) it should work. Wireless on the server could slow down the boot process though.

All resources will be placed on the client machine; once the image is loaded from the PXE server, all processing is carried out on the client.

Other than that, you could 'clone' your OpenELEC install by copying the .config and .xbmc folders in /storage between the machines.

I hope that makes some sense Smile

Re: WLAN PXE boot - coffeenet - 03-20-2011

Yes, thanks. Do you think its a good idea to flash the router with DD-WRT? (Model is supported) Would this be better for linux systems and/or just offer more options?

The advantage "seems to be" the ability to use the router as a bridge for WLAN PXE boot, through the router, to the wired server. Anyone know if DD-WRT is good at this, or will the default, proprietary firmware accomplish this too? (Netgear WNDR3700)

Re: WLAN PXE boot - gilphilbert - 03-20-2011

DD-WRT will void your warranty, so if you're not sure what you're doing, don't try it.

That said, it's unlikely to do any damage and it will provide a lot more functionality than your router can (just look at the feature list). I don't think that router can provide bridging functionality out of the box.