Since Kernel 2.6.18, the pvrusb2 driver is included in the distribution and doesn't need to be installed separately. However, the device firmware is not part of the distribution and must to be obtained elsewhere as described below.
1/ setup Debian/NSLU2
2/ Extract the device firmware from the Windows software CD that came with the device. You may also download the latest driver from http://www.hauppauge.com/pages/support/support_pvrusb2.html and extract the firmware from there.
See full instructions at http://www.isely.net/pvrusb2/setup.html#Firmware
extract the Windows files to a temporary directory on the NSLU2 use "fwextract.pl" to extract the firmware files from the official driver package copy the extracted *.fw files to /usr/lib/hotplug/firmware
Plug in the pvrusb2, wait for 5 seconds and check the dmesg-output. It should contain some lines starting with "pvrusb2". Then try to record the stream with
cat /dev/video0 > test.mpeg
You can change the channel and do other various things by setting flags in /sys/class/pvrusb2/ctl_* (see the "Sysfs Interface" section at http://www.isely.net/pvrusb2.html). For example:
# cd /sys/class/pvrusb2/sn-* # cat ctl_input/enum_val television s-video composite radio # echo composite > ctl_input/cur_val
This switches to the composite input. Another useful one is ctl_signal_present which you can look at to see if it has detected any video.
If audio is distorted, try
echo "62000" > ctl_volume/cur_val
(a value of 58000 might give better results)
The device defaults to VBR @ 6Mbps - you may also get CBR @ 12Mbps or 27 Mbps:
echo "Constant Bitrate" > ctl_video_bitrate_mode/cur_val echo "12000000" > ctl_video_bitrate/cur_val
echo "27000000" > ctl_video_bitrate/cur_val
netcat -u HOSTNAME PORT < /dev/video0
Aparently, VLC should work as well, however I couldn't figure out how...