[kwlug-disc] OpenWRT / 802.11n / USB / SD / GB - MAC filtering wi-fi side specific?

Lori Paniak ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
Fri Jan 15 16:45:42 EST 2010


Instead of looking for proper hardware, why don't you build it yourself:

Take an old PC (lots of USB, SATA, video...) and put a low power CPU in
it.  Load the PCI(E) slots or USB up with your favourite Wifi radios and
install the x86 version of OpenWRT for a mondo appliance.  You could
have a 7 radio CRTC magnet. Poor neighbors.

The Atom systems from Intel give low power (<35W) platforms you can
craft with your choice of x86 distro.  

Debian Live is a good way to build an appliance with all the goodness of
the deb way.  Burn your image onto a USB stick et voila!

Does that sound too much like a talk proposal?



On Fri, 2010-01-15 at 16:23 -0500, unsolicited wrote:
> Yep.
> 
> You want the functionality, you want the capability, you want the 
> commercial quality (5km outside range), you're not going to get 
> factory direct prices.
> 
> The public retail market will never deliver this. You will never buy 
> all of this from Best Buy.
> 
> $200 to make the problem go away is peanuts. If we're lucky, that's 
> $200 CDN.
> 
> Slap a waterproof cover on this, and you've got building to building.
> 
> Not that I care about the commercial possibilities of this (but I'd 
> gladly help people out to do so) - I just want the issue put to bed.
> 
> What's our time worth to keep waiting and searching and looking and ...
> 
> Khalid Baheyeldin wrote, On 01/15/2010 4:11 PM:
> > One more thing about the Ubiquity (from reading the thread): it is kind 
> > of "bare".
> > You need to buy a wireless card, a cover, ...etc. This makes it closer 
> > to $200,
> > rather than the under $100 all in one routers.
> > 
> > On Fri, Jan 15, 2010 at 3:44 PM, unsolicited <unsolicited at swiz.ca 
> > <mailto:unsolicited at swiz.ca>> wrote:
> > 
> >     Agreed. I'm in.
> > 
> >     I believe the Ubiquity RouterStation Pro
> >     (http://www.ubnt.com/products/rspro.php) is the box, given its
> >     flexibility, but it's not local. So what. I'm guessing Cedric bought
> >     http://www.ubnt.com/airview/, given his presentation, so he already
> >     understands the lines of supply to Ubiquity.
> > 
> >     It's their product line that confuses me, and that this is a bare
> >     board with multiple mini-pci slots. But I expect sufficient
> >     expertise is around to grok this. And put a cover on it.
> > 
> >     It wouldn't surprise me if we could sell this (via Cedric / John?).
> >     As you say Bob, it's a matter of local expertise, and having the
> >     product in hand. Any SMB/SOHO could use one, we could all use one.
> >     Especially if it relayed current wi-fi. i.e. Facilities could use it
> >     to provide wi-fi internet access to the public while keeping their
> >     own internal networks secure - with one (black) box.
> > 
> >     Why? Because it's nails the current need to the floor for a good
> >     long while - fire and forget. We're all tired of waiting for the
> >     latest hardware to solve this problem and be done with it. It's
> >     taken way, way, to much eye space and time.
> > 
> >     Anyone else interested?
> > 
> >     Robert P. J. Day wrote, On 01/15/2010 10:21 AM:
> > 
> >         On Fri, 15 Jan 2010, Khalid Baheyeldin wrote:
> > 
> >                    every so often, i look around to see if there's a new,
> >                  openwrt-ideal
> >                  router out there.  and by openwrt-ideal, i mean:
> > 
> >                   * runs the latest version of openwrt with a 2.6 kernel
> >                   * at least one USB 2.0 port (preferably two)
> >                   * supports the graphical (luci) interface
> >                   * etc, etc, you get the idea.
> > 
> >             Me too ... the development is behind the new models
> >             available at the
> >             large stores.
> > 
> >             Graphical interface is not a must for me. Command line or
> >             web based
> >             is fine.
> > 
> >             But to add to the list:
> > 
> >             * Wireless N support.
> > 
> > 
> >          i actually had tossed that in under the "etc, etc" part. :-)
> >          but if
> >         someone identifies such a router that's locally available, how
> >         about a
> >         kwlug project for a few people to each buy one, and then have the
> >         locals document the crap out of it and put that up at the kwlug site
> >         so others can do the same?
> > 
> >          from my experiences with the openwrt list, the biggest drawback for
> >         beginners to get into openwrt is:
> > 
> >          * deciding which router to buy, then
> >          * learning the hard way that that router has some deficiencies
> > 
> >         if enough kwlug people can agree on a particular router that would
> >         seem to fit most peoples' needs, we can collectively document
> >         exactly
> >         how to get it running out of the box, at which point a *lot* more
> >         people should be able to follow along.
> > 
> >          it's just a thought.
> > 
> > 
> > 
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> > 
> > 
> > -- 
> > Khalid M. Baheyeldin
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> > Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability. --  Edsger W.Dijkstra
> > Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. --   Leonardo da Vinci
> > 
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