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

Robert P. J. Day rpjday at crashcourse.ca
Sun Jan 24 04:03:12 EST 2010

On Sat, 23 Jan 2010, Richard Weait wrote:

> On Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 11:57 PM, Khalid Baheyeldin <kb at 2bits.com> wrote:
> > I am not sure how related the WRT160N to the WRT160NL. I assume the L is
> > just
> > more memory so it can run Linux (or that was the convention for the WRT54G
> > and GL?)
> Nope, they surprised us.
> >From the comments at http://lwn.net/Articles/369367/
> "Look into the WRT160NL. It's the successor to the WRT54GL. And that
> trailing 'L' is important: it's completely different hardware from
> the WRT160N."
> The "N" has three revisions in the wild.  They have less flash, less
> ram, and Broadcom (binary blob) or worse (unsupported ralink)
> wireless.
> The "NL" version has 8MB flash, 32MB ram, Atheros wifi, and a cute
> way to access the serial console without opening the case.

  as i do every so often, i once again asked the openwrt list about
the possibility of posting a page on "best of breed" -- that is, a
small list of routers that just plain *work* with openwrt.

  at the moment, the openwrt.org site has two supported device tables
(the old one and the new one), by alphabetical order with incredible
detail about each unit.  but that doesn't help the poor schmuck who
just wants to know, "which router should i buy?"

  in addition, the forums at the openwrt site, while educational, are
really only handly for people who want to *follow along* with the
travails of people getting openwrt working on a given model.  most
people, though, aren't interested in keeping up with the pain -- they
just want to know the end result.

  i'll keep you posted on what i hear back.


Robert P. J. Day                               Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA

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