[aprssig] RE: WRT54G

Danny Messano danny at messano.net
Tue Nov 20 01:16:57 EST 2007

If anyone wants the specs on the WRT54GL:

200MHZ Broadcom Chipset, 4MB Flash, 16MB RAM

This is identical to the WRT54G 4.0, which was the last "Wal-Mart Version"
to support Linux. 

I'm not sure how they shot themselves in the foot, other than the Linux
version being slightly harder to find.  I'd like to play with a Buffalo box
but I've continued to find the WRT54GL is easier to get than Buffalo's.  


-----Original Message-----
From: aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org [mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org]
On Behalf Of Drew Baxter
Sent: Monday, November 19, 2007 9:03 PM
To: TAPR APRS Mailing List
Subject: RE: [aprssig] RE: WRT54G

I just bought one at Circuit City 3 days ago, they are still around.  We use
them for VPN end points.  Mine usually run DD-WRT, which I think is loosely
based on OpenWRT.  Hopefully they catch up since the parts should be
available to do so (radio libs, etc).  I 
haven't found any hooks to install a serial port though.   As far as 
a hackable router goes, it is a great piece of hardware.  Maybe someone has
or will whip up a serial port into one (it looks like they can with the
AG108 model).

Linksys really shot themselves in the foot here with the VXWorks nonsense.
There are ways around it but the hardware is so horribly crippled (2mb flash
4mb RAM I eblieve) it just isn't worth it.

--Droo, K1XVM

At 08:08 PM 11/19/2007, Rick Green wrote:
>   According to Buffalo's website, they are currently under injunction 
> from a patent troll, and can't sell ANY product which supports 802.11a 
> or g right now.
>   Also, from comments here, and the OpenWRT table of supported 
> hardware, the current 'best fit' seems to be the Asus WL-500g 
> 'premium' model, which has serial ports to be hacked, as well as two 
> USB ports.  I wish I could afford one...
>Rick Green N8BJX

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