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To all my peers - Moving to a dedicated Linux server - 09-September-2010, 22:14

Update: Migration undone, see final update below

While my Technomate receiver server has been pretty stable, I still occasionally have issues with the box freezing, especially when watching channels via the Enigma web interface or simply flicking through channels. Also, as I mentioned a while back, Enigma hogs the CPU when ever the receiver is put on a channel which says "Wrong data Transmission" or which the signal is poor, e.g. during a heavy downpour. Finally, I would like to be able to play around with different firmwares, etc. without knocking my peers offline during the process

So I've taken my original EEE netbook out and given it a clean install of Ubuntu with the help of Bacteria's guide. I connected the Smargo reader and it seems to work fine with my card. So hopefully it'll make a good stable server, plus the addition of being cheap to run (unlike a full desktop server running 24/7), takes up little space and having a battery backup in the event of a power failure.

I'll leave it running overnight to make sure the computer itself is stable and if all goes well, I plan moving all my peers over to it, likely sometime before the afternoon on Friday.

If I have any issues or if the computer becomes unstable, I'll revert back to the receiver.

(10-September-2010 12:32)
The migration is now complete.

Some first things I've noticed straight away, which are useful to know for anyone else planning doing this move:
  • It took several hours to set up, but then again my Linux experience is rather limited.
  • I'm down to 1/5th the number of shares I had. This was expected, since the satellite receiver is now a hop further away from everyone.
  • Despite the loss of shares, I seem to be able to get in everything I had before, at least what I watched.
  • I added "MINIMUM DOWNHOPS: 1" to CCcam.cfg to remove shares that are not available to the receiver.
  • NDS channels are less stable. This includes channels where my peers have locals for. I'll try experimenting with provider exclusion later.

I'll see how it goes over the coming days.

Update: 2:50pm Irish Time

So far there has not been a single ECM OK from any client connected to me since the switch-over, apart from the STB's client connection. I can't figure out why and I've so far rebooted my router, switch and server. If this continues through the day, I'm going to revert back to the STB this evening.

Update: 7:05pm Irish Time

There are finally some ECM OK's now from clients, mainly from my local. So I'll see how it goes this evening.

Final update: 8:06pm Irish Time

Unfortunately, after watching various channels, I'm having too much freezing and not just from specific providers. I'm no Linux guru and am short on time to try some debugging, so I've now reverted and moved the peers back to my STB.

Last edited by seanb; 10-September-2010 at 22:11.. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
   
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