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WRT54G = tEh legendary Wi-Fi Router

ssh (My new linksys WRT54GS 802.11B+G Router)

/proc # more meminfo

total: used: free: shared: buffers: cached:
Mem: 14409728 10006528 4403200 0 1396736 4128768
Swap: 0 0 0
MemTotal: 14072 kB
MemFree: 4300 kB
MemShared: 0 kB
Buffers: 1364 kB
Cached: 4032 kB
SwapCached: 0 kB
Active: 3632 kB
Inactive: 1780 kB
HighTotal: 0 kB
HighFree: 0 kB
LowTotal: 14072 kB
LowFree: 4300 kB
SwapTotal: 0 kB
SwapFree: 0 kB

/proc # uname -a
Linux wolfknot 2.4.33-pre2 #775 Tue May 16 20:13:17 CEST 2006 mips unknown

/proc # more version
Linux version 2.4.33-pre2 (root@linux) (gcc version 4.1.0) #775 Tue May 16 20:13:17 CEST 2006

How the hell did I do this? Simple. Buy an =<v4 Linksys WRT54GS router and ditch the linksys firmware and put DD-DRT onto it!! Yay Linux on a hardware router!

I found an older one (the new ones are crippled and have much less memory onboard) at Wal-Mart for $70 ...

Nothing like being able to overclock the cpu of your router, setup samba auto FS mounting, enable sputnik wi-fi, and crank the radiated power output from the stock 28mW up to 100mW. (It'll do 251mW!)

If that's not enough, for those a little more inclined you can do a mod that'll put an SD card onto it.

A particularly useful part is being able to use this WAP as a wireless bridge. So I've got my high speed net access coming into the basement via a VOIP/Wireless B+G Router. Said router hands out wireless connectivity. The WRT54GS takes some of that connectivity and turns it back into Cat5 10/100 via 4 ports on the back, which the bedrooms 2 floors up all are hardwired into. It's got nice TNC antennas on the back and with the transmit power bumped to 100mW, connectivity feels much more "wired" vs. a pcmcia wireless nic.

It's fast, it's a useful OS, it's supported better than what Linksys can cough up. Awesome.

- Keman


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Jun. 6th, 2006 01:31 am (UTC)
DD-WRT firmware.

It has support for UPnP -- a godsend on my network (where I can't trust anyone else to have the password for portmapping, since it's also the password for fucking up the router).

And there is another type of Linux-based router by Linksys: WRT54GL, which they put out when they lowered the memory amount in the later versions.

Also: 100mw will likely cause your transceiver to overheat. You should put a heatsink and/or fan on it.
Jun. 6th, 2006 02:51 am (UTC)

Jun. 6th, 2006 01:54 am (UTC)
Sometime, check out the linksys NSLU2 unit. Beats the snot out of many net servers, has a linux fan group, and allows you to run apache server for a... get this... whopping 14 watts of power.

Oh, yeah.... I run a WRT with hyper-WRT right now, with 100mW radiated. =)
Jun. 6th, 2006 02:44 am (UTC)
Hooray for non-stock firmware. :) Linksys WRT54G V4 running HyperWRT-Thibor. I love it. :)
Jun. 6th, 2006 04:40 am (UTC)
Picking nits, it's not, technically, a hardware router. It's basically a software router running on a PC in a convenient package, consuming very little power, with useful interfaces built-in.

But yes, I agree they're neat and useful.
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