Installing Optware and SABnzbd+ on the Iomega StorCenter IX2-200

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I’ve recently purchased an Iomega StorCenter IX2-200 and it’s a great bit of kit. Besides other things it supports RAID-1, TimeMachine, DLNA and iSCSI out of the box.

Like a lot of things, I quickly went from exploring what it does, to trying to figure out how it does it. I discovered it was running a version of Debian and after a few minutes googling I was able to get root access onto the box. Although I went in a very round about way of doing it, I later discovered that SABnzbd+ can be easily installed using the Optware package system.

Getting Root

To allow access via SSH you need to access a secret page used for support access. Point your browser to https:///support.html where is the url or IP address you use to access the web interface of the IX2-200. Check the box next to Allow remote access for support (SSH and SFTP) and click apply.

NAS Admin

SSH onto the box. The password for root is “soho” + your usual admin password for the IX2-200, so if your password was bananas, your root password would be “sohobananas”.

Installing optware

The Optware package system was originally developed for the Linksys NSLU2 running the alternative Unslung firmware which has now been updated to work with other platforms and contains various packages that work with the IX2-200.

The IX2-200 ships with ipkg installed which means we can configure it to work with the optware repositories with the following commands

cat < /etc/ipkg.conf
src cross
src native

Update ipkg with the new repositories…
ipkg update

You can check which packages are available using…
ipkg list

…and to install one of them…
ipkg install

So lets install SABnzbd+
ipkg install sabnzbdplus

This covers installing sabnzbd+. I’ve also got it starting as an init.d service, but I’ll leave this for another post (the StorCenter overwrites the configuration at startup so you need to allow write access to the xml config file that the SorCenter uses on startup!)

Hope this helps someone so far.



About Chris Pont

Chris is a UK based Web Developer / Technical Architect with Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) and Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) status and 8 years experience with large web applications using .NET, SQL Server and WCF.

3 Responses to “Installing Optware and SABnzbd+ on the Iomega StorCenter IX2-200”

  1. FLx

    That’s cool, but how could you solve the problem that the device removes every customization from the root folder including installed packages etc. on every boot? Thanks.

  2. Chris Pont

    @Flx I did a lot of work on my NAS before getting everything working so I hope I haven’t missed any steps. Basically these customizations exist in the opt folder so they’re not wiped during boot.


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