[conspire] Router 4 Linux !!
paulz at ieee.org
Sun Mar 13 23:37:42 PDT 2011
Now that I examine the labels, it is definitely Ver 6.0
It might not be the best choice of routers, but for $20 it was not a bad deal either.
Based on your recommendations, I should proceed to follow the DD-WRT page for that model.
--- On Sun, 3/13/11, Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> wrote:
> From: Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com>
> Subject: Re: [conspire] Router 4 Linux !!
> To: conspire at linuxmafia.com
> Date: Sunday, March 13, 2011, 2:05 PM
> Quoting Paul Zander (paulz at ieee.org):
> > The first events in a very long day was that I getting
> up at dawn to
> > go to the first Electronics Flea Mmarket of the
> > www.electronicsfleamarket.com
> Wow, spring is truly on us.
> > One of my new "treasures" is a Linksys WRT-54G.
> I took a chance based
> > on it being old enough that the antennas are removable
> and it had some
> > accumulation of dust. Serial number begins with
> CDFD1. According to
> > one web-site that makes it in the last of the original
> design that was
> > Linux compatible before there was an "L" model.
> Congratulations on acquiring a wireless router! The
> S/N suggests this
> is a Linksys WRT54G v6 device. (You should find a tag
> stating the FCC ID
> to be Q87-WT54GV60, if it is.) That version of WRT54G
> had a Broadcom
> BCM5352 CPU / System on Chip (SoC) running at 200 MHz, 8 MB
> of RAM, and
> 2 MB of flash storage. The antenna connector type is
> a reverse-polarity
> TNC (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TNC_connector), just to
> jack around
> customers and make it difficult for them to interface to
> antennas, but this deliberate obstacle can be overcome with
> an adapter
> The router does 802.11 b and g. It lacks any miniPCI
> or USB connectors
> (alas). It has one serial port and one JTAG adapter
> that can in theory be used for de-bricking such devices at
> considerable extra expense and trouble. As with the
> rest of the
> Cisco/Linksys WRT54 series, it has four LAN ethernet ports
> and one WAN
> (uplink) port. It relies on a 12 volt, 1/2 amp power
> cube (provided).
> I'm sorry to report that the version 6 series (with S/N
> beginning CDFD)
> are among those called 'neutered' models, in that they are
> handicapped by having distressingly low amounts of RAM and
> flash storage.
> The WRT54G v2 that we use during CABAL meetings has twice
> the amount of
> each, and I still consider it more than a bit anaemic.
> > So I am looking for advise on how to properly program
> it. Numerous
> > web-sites make it sound very easy, and even explain
> how recover from a
> > "brick". ;-}
> That's where the bad news is: The v6's deficient
> hardware makes these
> ones more than a bit problematic. Here's where the
> DD-WRT people
> explain matters:
> Notice that they say, if you are reflashing the v6 with
> DD-WRT, you
> should use the _micro_ DD-WRT image, and not the 'mini'
> Here is the tutorial for installing the 'micro' image:
> Additional comments:
> Normally, I would have recommended OpenWRT (open source)
> over DD-WRT
> (proprietary), but I think this qualifies as an exception,
> as the DD-WRT
> instructions seem to give the best chance of a functional
> resulting (and OpenWRT's table of hardware doesn't even
> list the v6
> variant at all).
> I _would_ recommend that you give DD-WRT a try on the
> thing, but don't
> expect it to ever be very robust or have much
> functionality. Then, if
> you get the bug for playing with such devices, occasionally
> drop in and
> skim-read the OpenWRT and DD-WRT Web forums:
> Occasionally, you will see
> tips about some really _good_ open-source-friendly wireless
> hitting the market. The ideal router would have an
> Atheros chip, 64MB
> RAM, 16 MB flash, and USB. (The USB port, missing
> from your router and
> mine, permits you to connect arbitrary amounts of extra
> disk as router
> main storage, NFS/Samba shares, etc.)
> The Netgear WNDR3700 comes pretty close (64 MB RAM, 8 MB
> flash), and can
> be bought for about $100 on eBay.
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