Computer: Working with the rooted Acer Iconia A500

Added value for rooting my Acer Iconia A500

The rooted Acer Iconia A500 works great. Advantages are:

  • Titanium Backup
  • Time Syncronization with free App “ClockSync”
  • Samba File Server with free App “Samba Filesharing”
  • Linux Superuser command line support (App: Terminal Emulation) e.g. for “mount”

Included in the flashed ROM image from Thor (v164) was also:

  • Ethernet by wire with USB-Ethernet adapter
  • WiFi tethering
  • 3G meodem support: Huawei xyz

USB devices sucessfully tested:

  • USB Stick (flash drine) CnMemory mistral 32 GB formatted FAT32
  • Fixed disk Samsung HM320IJ (320 GB) formatted FAT32 – mounted in an Raidsonic Icy Box IB-266 StUSD-B
  • Ethernet by USB: davicom DM9601 usb ethernet adapter native support
  • USB Card Reader: Digitus USB 2.0 Multi Card Reader DA-70310-2

Scenario 1: A500 Samba Filesharing for iPad

  • Configure as WIFi Access Point: Settings -> More -> “Portable WiFi Hotspot”
  • Plug in external hard disk: 320 GB with 200 MP4 videos
  • Start Samba Filesharing

Scenario 2: A500 TwonkyServer Mobile for iPad

  • Configure as WIFi Access Point: Settings -> More -> “Portable WiFi Hotspot”
  • Plug in external hard disk (Samsung 320 GB disk with 200 MP4 videos)
  • Mount external hard disk in a folder on the sdcard (this lets Twonky include the media from the hard disk)
    • Open Terminal
    • cd /mnt/sdcard (only once: mkdir usbvideos)
    • su
    • mount -o bind /mnt/usb_storage/videos ./usbvideos
    • exit
  • Start TwonkyServer Mobile (how?)
    • try “Rescan” in Twony if hard disk was mounted after Twonky start
  • On the iPad
    • Establish WiFi connection to the portable WiFi hotspot
    • Start App “AcePlayer” -> Medien Explorer ->Media Servers -> TwonkyServer Mobile
  • Streaming with TwonkyServer Mobile sucessfully tested with:
    • MP4 container with AVC (H.264) video and ACC audo
    • AVI container with .DivX video and MP3 audio