Cisco Cius/OpenPeak OpenTablet 7

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Cisco Cius/OpenPeak OpenTablet 7

Post by D4rk4 » Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:58 pm

Hi!
I have 2 Cisco Cius, and i found way how I can upgrade in from Android 2.2 to something more fresh. Any suggestions how I can do it?

UPD:
I'm also has cius-opensource924-3.tgz from Cisco Inc with GPL code and Android build instructions, but I don't have idea how I can build with it android ICS and flash into device.

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Re: Cisco Cius/OpenPeak OpenTablet 7

Post by roobarb! » Thu Apr 04, 2019 2:50 pm

Looks like an interesting device, but without someone here having one to hand it's not easy to advise.

The first trick would be to try and get command line access to it. Have you tried using telnet or ssh to connect to see if it gives you a command prompt? Is there a USB port on it? Are you prepared to open it and fish around for a test port?

There are lots of ways for it to be done, but if nobody else has one then your best bet is to get to grips with these initial steps and trying them. Google is definitely your friend on this - have a search for "jtag serial interface" and the like if you're prepared to open it up, otherwise it's a case of trial and error. Download the reflash tool (linked below) and just see if that will boot - you never know, you might be lucky!
birdslikewires.net - home of the Reflash System, SqueezePlay (OS) and various tools for the Joggler!

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Re: Cisco Cius/OpenPeak OpenTablet 7

Post by hawsey » Fri Apr 05, 2019 12:59 pm

I think Pete might have had one .

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Re: Cisco Cius/OpenPeak OpenTablet 7

Post by pete » Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:57 pm

I do not have one but do see a bunch of them on Ebay with cradle and hand set these days.

Not a good deal right now here in the US at over $50 USD. They are old and used and worth maybe $30 such that I am waiting.
Over the years here have not been impressed with consumer Cisco labeled hardware (all junk to me) being used to old commercial enterprise Cisco devices.

I agree with Andy relating to these devices.

Open one up for us, show us the motherboard. I am curious whether the boot OS is socketed or soldered in to place, what eMMC it is using or if it has an SSD card in it and maybe a combo wireless/bluetooth card and maybe an RTC with battery....and if it was mfg in China or India. The ones made in China can be easily modified. The ones made in India (well Verizon did this) were not modifiable and very cheap but functional.

Here currently tinkering with those el cheapo Android TV boxes ...specifically an octocore ARM with 3Gb of DDR4 RAM, bluetooth, WLAN and Gb NIC for $50 USD. Runs circles around my Pine64. Boots to an SD card OS then I write the OS to the internal 32Gb eMMC card (easy peasy stuff).

And makes for the ultimate el cheapo KODI box that plays HD 4K with no issues.

It makes for the ultimate micro server here running:

1 - Mono
2 - Homeseer 3
3 - Node Red (docker)
4 - Home Assistant (docker)
5 - MQTT (and Mosquitto server)
6 - Squeezebox server

Hate Android here so replaced the Android OS with Armbian Ubuntu 18.04 64 bit. Tiny thing runs circles around a RPI.
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Re: Cisco Cius/OpenPeak OpenTablet 7

Post by pete » Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:37 am

Purchased a new open box Cisco Cius docking station to tinker with it. It has better specs than the Openpeak devices. Prices are way down now for device.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cisco_Cius

Total purchase price with shipping was $25 for a new one openbox with docking media station with no PS which is not a big deal.

These are really just bricks today similiar to the Openpeak 2 which is still being sold.

Will take it apart and post pictures of it. This was a tablet shown by Openpeak many years ago as the next steps to the Joggler / Openpeak 1 and 2.
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Re: Cisco Cius/OpenPeak OpenTablet 7

Post by pete » Wed Nov 20, 2019 10:16 pm

I am impressed. Product is new. Two boxes. One "media" dock and the other tablet.

It is the Openpeak tablet announced at some show a few years back. Note these are sold new on some current sites for around $800.

It boots up to Android. There is a SIM card slot and a SD card slot.

Mini USB port. The docking base has two NIC ports and two USB ports and a display port adapter. One NIC is marked regular and the other NIC shows a computer. Guessing that it is a passthru port or two NIC ports.

Only the tablet came with a PS. The docking station appears to be using a 48V power supply with a special cisco barrel connector.

OK can utilize POE. Downloaded manual:

Cisco Cius is powered with external power by the supplied direct current (DC) charger, or with Enhanced Power over Ethernet (PoE+ 802.3at) or CP-PWR-CUBE 4 through the media station. Cisco Cius may also be powered by a removable battery.

Will take pictures.
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