[conspire] re-flashing Linksys WRT54gV5 with open source

Paul Zander paulz at ieee.org
Sun Nov 20 11:14:06 PST 2011


A few months back I got a V 6.0 router at a flea market.  I was convinced it would be a better use of my time to buy a different unit from Newegg. (Which is still on my to to list.)

Maybe I should try flashing it as a "science project" and not feel disappointed in the results.


--- On Sat, 11/19/11, Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> wrote:

From: Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com>
Subject: Re: [conspire] re-flashing Linksys WRT54gV5 with open source
To: conspire at linuxmafia.com
Date: Saturday, November 19, 2011, 11:40 PM

Quoting Ehud Kaldor (ehud.kaldor at gmail.com):

Other people's view may differ from the following, but these are mine.

> Linksys WRT54gV5 

My view:  8 MB RAM and 2 MB of flash is unacceptably anaemic for a
Linux-based WAP / ethernet / gateway device.  Period.  If I had one of
those -- a WAP so anaemic they had to preload it with VxWorks -- I'd
sell it.  In my view, the bare minimum acceptable hardware for such a
device, the floor below which you should not bother, is twice that
amount of each metric.

Yes, there are ways to shoehorn severely pared down and barely
functional 'micro' or 'micro-plus' versions of things like DD-WRT into
it.  No, you should not do that, because it will be a huge hassle,
because the results will not be satisfactory, and because you should
spend your time and effort in better ways.

But you're a masochist who has boundless time and who doesn't mind
living through huge amounts of frustration and disappointment?  OK, go ahead.


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