I wanted a silent weather server to run wviewweather on, to go with my new Davis Vantage Pro 2.

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In view of the latest problems Vonage has been having (they are involved with litigation with Nortel, Sprint, Verizon and SunRocket), I decided to go somewhat farther afield to seek out an alternate solution.

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To serve as both servers, I bought ($79 eBay) a tiny Cisco NSLU2 (known to the hacking community as the SLUG), a tiny little linux server (designed just to share USB HDDs), along with a 4 GB USB memory stick ($34 CompUSA). I’ll post details and instructions when I get it all working.

I modded the NSLU2 to run at 266 MHz (double it’s rated speed). I installed OpenSlug (now SlugOS) on the Slug.

Then I installed: Asterisk (open-source PBX) and wviewweather. I bought a Cisco PAP2-NA and Cisco 7960 (IP Phone) to connect to Asterisk.

Still working out the glitches, but boy have I learned a lot of LINUX in the last few days. Followup posts will go into gory details, but it’s been fun.

You can sort of track the reliability of the system as I get it up and working via checking out the weather systems I update with it: CWOP (for NOAA) and Weather Underground.

Since the Slug may not have enough horsepower to run all my phone conversations and the weather station, I have another one on order…. They’re a lot of fun to hack.