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The Linksys WRT54GL seems friendly at first, but then you have to deal with the Broadcom blob. Are atherios based hardware more hackable/long term supportable?
The Grumpy Editor's Tomato review
Posted Jan 11, 2010 23:37 UTC (Mon) by eli (guest, #11265)
Posted Jan 11, 2010 23:50 UTC (Mon) by smoogen (subscriber, #97)
Posted Jan 12, 2010 2:09 UTC (Tue) by nbd (subscriber, #14393)
Posted Jan 12, 2010 5:32 UTC (Tue) by zooko (subscriber, #2589)
Posted Jan 12, 2010 8:06 UTC (Tue) by djc (subscriber, #56880)
Anyway, I have an aging WRT54GL I'd like to replace by something that also runs Linux, but I hadn't previously found anything else like it, so I'm happy enough to hear about the 160NL and will probably get it soon (I also run tomato at home).
At work, we just replaced our WRT54GL by something a little bit more enterprisey (a DrayTek with dual WAN configuration), but had to install dnsmasq separately on one of our servers (it was previously running as a part of tomato).
I really like the slickness and full-featuredness of tomato, I hope the author will update it sometime soon.
Posted Jan 12, 2010 11:53 UTC (Tue) by nbd (subscriber, #14393)
Posted Jan 21, 2010 14:53 UTC (Thu) by jch (guest, #51929)
Any other hardware you can recommend for doing ad-hoc and master at the same time on a single radio? I've had little success with AR7.
Posted Jan 12, 2010 1:19 UTC (Tue) by Per_Bothner (subscriber, #7375)
Posted Jan 14, 2010 12:14 UTC (Thu) by dion (subscriber, #2764)
Older AirOS versions (<5) were home-rolled Linux 2.4 distributions, where most things are OpenSource and delivered with the SDK, the exceptions being a few Atheros blobs and some userspace programs.
AirOS 5 is a customized OpenWRT, with Linux 2.6, with a specialized init and user interface.
The proprietary blobs in AirOS 5 are: Atheros blobs, Ubiquity userspace and kernel blobs.
The amount of binary blobs is limited in any case and Ubiquity hasn't gone out of their way to make it hard to customize the system.
Posted Jan 12, 2010 1:39 UTC (Tue) by ras (subscriber, #33059)
Posted Jan 12, 2010 2:10 UTC (Tue) by nbd (subscriber, #14393)
Posted Jan 12, 2010 6:43 UTC (Tue) by verbovet (subscriber, #46457)
Posted Jan 14, 2010 10:02 UTC (Thu) by Frej (subscriber, #4165)
Also i still don't have 802.11n with openwrt (stable).
Posted Jan 12, 2010 9:58 UTC (Tue) by Felix.Braun (subscriber, #3032)
I'm very happy with my Fonera2.0: Atheros Chipset+USB2.0 It runs quite well with OpenWRT although there are occasional issues because it still relies on the madwifi driver. They even have a model with 801.22N WiFi but I don't have any experience with that particular model.
Their official Firmware is OpenWRT based and they employ some of the OpenWRT hackers, so it can be expected that the hardware will be well supported, even in the future.
Posted Jan 21, 2010 14:55 UTC (Thu) by jch (guest, #51929)
The non-N Fonera models (original, + and 2) use the Madwifi drivers, which include a binary blob.
Look at Ubiquiti RouterStation Pro
Posted Jan 14, 2010 11:59 UTC (Thu) by dion (subscriber, #2764)
I can't recommend Ubiquiti products enough, somehow they manage to do cheap, flexible and high-quality at the same time.
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