LG HomBot 3 WiFi Mod

Last year I bought a LG Hombot Square robot vacuum cleaner. After 3 months of use I’m still very satisfied. But now it’s time to bring this device to the next level. After spending some time on Google I found that the LG vHomBot Square 3.0 has a different name in other countries.

After searching this names I found a German forum (http://www.roboter-forum.com/) with many active LG HomBot users (subforum: http://www.roboter-forum.com/forumdisplay.php?72-LG). One of the topics describes how you can add WiFi functions to the HomBot. That sounds interesting… (after translating the text, the last German school class dates from 15 years ago…).

So to help English speaking readers I translated the text and added some pictures and videos so you can add WiFi to your own HomBot (or whatever it is named in your country…).

Disclaimer: Be aware that all these steps are at your own risk! There will be no support from LG and may void your warranty.

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XBMC MySQL doesnt work after upgrade to Synology DSM 5.0

Yesterday I’ve upgraded my Synology DS 410 to DSM 5.0 BETA. After the upgrade all packages are working but when I started my HTPC XMBC was unable to connect to the MySQL library on my DS. It turns out that MySQL is replaced by MariaDB. All databases and users are available in MariaDB and I can access them with phpMyAdmin, but not remote from XBMC.

Update: The issue is resolved in an updated package of MariaDB (version 5.5.33.a-0013). Changelog;

Whats new in version 5.5.33.a-0013:

  1. Fixed an issue where MariaDB cannot start.
  2. Now binds to all network IP addresses in addition to localhost.

I’ve resolved this problem by making a configuration change within the MariaDB package, the default config doesn’t allow remote access. Take the following steps to alter the configuration;

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IPKG Bootstrap installer for Synology DS

Some users like to run software programs on there Synology DS which are not available in the package center (Synology repro, or any other). To install software you may need ipkg (or the Itsy Package Management System). ipkg is not default installed on your Syno so you have to do that yourself.  On the Synology wiki there’s an article which describes the process of installing ipkg, but many users are having trouble with this guide.

So I thought, I’ll write a guide on how to install ipkg on your Syno DS. After some research on the internet I found a different, much easier way to install the ipkg package manager…

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Share your XBMC 12.0 library on a Synology DS (or other NAS)

As follow up of my previous post on how to share your XBMC library on a Synology NAS with XBMC 11.0 (Eden) I made this guide based on XBMC 12.0 (Frodo). In this post I’ll guide you to the process of moving your XBMC library from your HTPC (or Apple TV or RaspPi) to the Synology DiskStation. So why do you want this? Well a centralized library brings multiple advantages like being able to stop a movie or TV show on one device and continue watching it on another one. Also the watched-state of your media is distributed across your devices. Continue reading “Share your XBMC 12.0 library on a Synology DS (or other NAS)”

Just pre-ordered the Ouya game console

Today I’ve pre-ordered the Ouya gaming-console. For those how aren’t familiar with this piece of hardware check out the introduction movie;

So why did I ordered the Ouya? Well I’m not so interested in the gaming features but more in the capability to run the XBMC media center on it. There’re several XBMC developers involved with the development of the Ouya hardware and software so when Ouya comes to the public in April 2013 I’m expecting it to come with the XBMC release for Ouya.

So why yet another hardware solution at my home to run XBMC (besides the Zotac HTPC and my Raspberry Pi). Well the Ouya is very low priced, for only $99 you get;

  • Tegra3 quad-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB of internal flash storage
  • HDMI connection to the TV, with support for up to 1080p HD
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth LE 4.0
  • one USB 2.0 port
  • Wireless controller with standard controls (two analog sticks, d-pad, eight action buttons, a system button) and a touchpad
  • OS: Android Jelly Bean

And it looks very nice;



Also interested in getting your Ouya, pre-order it before February 4 to get it in April!

Website: http://www.ouya.tv/
Ouya on Twitter: https://twitter.com/playouya
Ouya on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ouyas
Ouya on Google+: https://plus.google.com/101870372356034764386/posts

Install and test Synology DSM in a virtual machine

For my blog I do a lot of testing on my own ‘production’ Synology DS410. Because I’m hosting all my media and personal documents on this DS it will be very annoying if anything went wrong. I was thinking of buying a low priced DS (like the DS 212j) for testing when I discovered a community project called XPEnology. XPEnology is a modified Synology DSM firmware which runs on virtual hardware (and some physical hardware to), of course without any support from Synology but great for testing.

In this post I’ll guide you to the process of installing Synology DSM inside a virtual machine.

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Update SynoCommunity packages after DSM 4.2 upgrade

Yesterday I’ve updated my Synology DS 410 to DSM 4.2 Beta. After the update I went to the ‘Package Center’ to upgrade my installed packages. All the Synology provided packages upgraded nicely but a few packages from the SynoCommunity (Sabnbd, sickbeard and CouchPotato) failed with the following error;


“Please run “Python” before installing this package.”

Because the Python package can’t run this must be some sort of compatibility issue. After performing some tests I came up with the following procedure to fix this problem;

  1. SSH to your DS (by using Putty or some other terminal application)
  2. Open the file “/var/packages/python/scripts/start-stop-status”
  3. Change the line “exit 1” under “status)” to “exit 0”, your configuration file then should look like this;
  4. Save the file and try upgrading the SynoCommunity packages again


Install (upgrade) Synology DSM 4.2 Beta Video tutorial

As I mentioned earlier today Synology released the public Beta of Disk Station Manager (DSM) 4.2. For the first time I made a video tutorial with the instructions on how to install this version of DSM on your Disk Station.

Whats new in DSM 4.2? Check out the release notes on the Synology website; http://www.synology.com/support/beta_dsm4.2.php?lang=enu

Synology DSM 4.2 Beta availible for download

Today Synology published the Disk Station Manager 4.2 Beta download on there website.

Read more on the DSM 4.2 website: http://www.synology.com/dsm/dsm4.2_beta.php?lang=enu

Release notes and download; http://www.synology.com/support/beta_dsm4.2.php?lang=enu

I will write a post on how you can upgrade to DSM 4.2 soon.

Update: upgrade to Synology DSM 4.2 video tutorial

Synology NAS as the ultimate XBMC media backend

As you can read in my previous posts I’m a big fan of the Synology NAS products and the XBMC media center. In this post I’ll show you how to transform the Synology NAS into the ultimate XBMC media backend.

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Share media from Synology to XBMC with NFS

This week I’ve posted about my new Raspberry Pi which is running XBMC. All my media is stored on my Synology Diskstation and accessible over the network using the SMB protocol. The disadvantage of SMB is that it’s very CPU intensive, and because the Pi has only a 700 MHz CPU core you may experience some hick-ups during video playback. To solve this we can use NFS to share the media to XBMC. The NFS protocol has less overhead compared with SMB and therefor uses about 20% less CPU resources.

So in this post I’ll explain how to enable NFS on the Synology DS and connect these shares to XBMC.

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