[kwlug-disc] 3g usb / wi-fi (old thread) - perhaps of interest.

unsolicited unsolicited at swiz.ca
Thu Jan 21 23:50:43 EST 2010


And THAT's the advantage of OpenWRT.

If you have a black box that has a USB port, what it's used for is up 
to the ingenuity of the programmers. i.e. I'll bet there are many 
routers out their that the manufacturer's / software providers have 
enabled a usb port for printing / storage. I doubt that they all take 
a 3g/gsm dongle. OpenWRT lets the hardware be the hardware, without 
artificial restriction of the software the box happens to contain.

But, without the hardware, all bets are off. I'll wait for the 
hardware with OpenWRT'ability. Not ready to pay $$400, would pay $200. 
Even if the retail store sells mass market models for $100. Don't want 
to, but the price premium is worth it.

Anyone come across cheaper hardware than the routerstation pro, or are 
we still in a hurry up and wait, state.

Finally got my laptop. Has 802.1n. Exasperated to discover only 2.4 
GHz. No 5 GHz. BAH!

Lori Paniak wrote, On 01/21/2010 9:19 PM:
> For the hacker crowd, you can do the same with an Asus WL500gP+ OpenWRT
> and a Telus EVDO stick.  Don't know about GSM.
> 
> On Thu, 2010-01-21 at 20:58 -0500, unsolicited wrote:
>> Came across this in Canada Computer tonight - 
>> http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=026194&cid=NTW.481.
>>
>> There was a thread a while back about using a roger's usb cell adapter 
>> for a laptop in Wiarton.
>>
>> Looks like this takes that adapter and creates a local wi-fi hotspot.
>>
>> I could see carrying this around for your laptop + pda. In a car, or a 
>> hotel room.
>>
>> Thought it was interesting. Passing it along.



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