[kwlug-disc] Linux capable Wireless N routers
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Wed May 12 11:03:00 EDT 2010
know that NETFLASH Isp ( On Lancaster by Guelph St. ) uses Router station pros as a part of their network. Maybe you could call them up and ask them to sell you one? r also you could pick one up at MEGAWIRE ( On Victoria by Breslau )who also uses them.
> Date: Wed, 12 May 2010 00:36:33 -0400
> From: unsolicited at swiz.ca
> To: kwlug-disc at kwlug.org
> Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] Linux capable Wireless N routers
> Been poking at this further.
> Still wish there was someplace local I could just walk in, buy a
> RouterStation Pro, even if a bit more, and just be done with it.
> Well ... maybe not ... seems no matter what you get, OpenWRT
> pre-installed or not, doesn't necessarily mean latest and greatest, in
> the sense that backfire is out, so most everything will need updating,
> and it's not all fire and forget. Maybe I'm just whining, but there's
> only so many hours in a day to keep learning new stuff. OK, yes I'm
> whining. Deal.
> Poking about the DIR-825 on openwrt notes (minor) problems with USB
> (need an extra package), and flaky 5GHz. Also, specs. at D-Link note
> it's still 802.11n draft. <sigh>
> One thread https://forum.openwrt.org/viewtopic.php?id=22897 mentions
> alternative of:
> Netgear WNDR3700:
> - $180
> - Googled review
> - http://wiki.openwrt.org/inbox/netgear/wndr3700
> - 2 wi-fi's, for private & public
> - says 802.11n 2.0. i.e. Not 'draft'.
> - "The Netgear WNDR3700 looks awesome: the performance is great (both
> throughput & range), has dual radios (a 2.4/5 GHz one, and another 2.4
> GHz one), and has 3x3 MIMO antennas. The WNDR3700 actually ships with
> OpenWrt Kamikaze 7.09, albeit with a proprietary customizations", then
> it says (forum post) "While there have been mainline OpenWrt svn
> commits adding various functionality for the WNDR3700, it doesn't
> appear as if the WNDR3700 functions when flashed with anything newer
> or not provided by Netgear.", which doesn't seem to jive with the
> material on the rest of the site. Date of that post is 2010-01-01.
> - "3x3" (antennas) appears to be important for max'ing speed (450
> Mbps). Netgear has it, not D-Link.
> LinkSys WRT400N:
> - $130
> - not gigabit
> LinkSys WRT610N (not mentioned in thread), appears to be the gigabit
> - $150, after $20 rebate:
> - searching google "wrt610n /site:openwrt.org" reveals a single hit, a
> long forum post: https://forum.openwrt.org/viewtopic.php?id=16733
> - broadcom. Next.
> TP-Link TL-WR1043ND (mentioned later in thread):
> - $80
> - http://wiki.openwrt.org/toh/tp-link/tl-wr1043nd
> Looks like the Netgear WNDR3700 is a viable, but more expensive,
> alternative to Khalid's (proposed) D-Link DIR-825, keeping gigabit.
> Same for TP-Link TL-WR1043ND, which is only $80, but is 32Mb instead
> of 64Mb. RouterStation Pro is 128Mb.
> Don't see anything on QoS for TP-Link, nor for DIR-825 ('though I seem
> to remember seeing it at some point). WNDR3700 shows QoS in specs.
> Flash is 16MB+4 Negear, 32+8 TP-Link, 64+8 D-Link. Only the Netgear is
> 3x3 (450Mbps) - Don't know enough about that yet, I presume it's
> bonding 2.4 & 5 GHz.
> All comments, suggestions, thoughts, clarifications, welcome.
> Khalid Baheyeldin wrote, On 05/08/2010 12:50 PM:
> > Still searching for a Linux capable Wireless N router (via dd-wrt, or
> > OpenWRT).
> > *Background*
> > The need here is not move from Wireless G to N since we have a few laptops
> > that support that now. The other main need is to monitor bandwidth usage per
> > IP Address or MAC Address when needed.
> > The other day, I saw high bandwidth going on the network and could only
> > trace it by elimination (go to each powered on computer, and closing tab by
> > tab in Firefox until the traffic stopped). Turned out to be a web site (
> > deviantart.com) that was open in a browser tab. That page had a flash
> > application that kept loading large images from a gallery. We installed
> > NoScript on this machine and that should help with random flash apps like
> > these.
> > The tool I am looking for is iftop, which shows the IP addresses and how
> > much each is downloading and from what host.
> > *The Hardware*
> > The D-Link DIR-825 seems to be a bit over the budget, but does have gigabit
> > Ethernet, one USB port, and dual band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) for those interested
> > in those added features.
> > It is at Best Buy for $170
> > http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/d-link-wireless-n-router-dir-825/10111490.aspx
> > But at FutureShop for $140
> > http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/d-link-xtreme-wireless-n-router-dir-825/10111490.aspx
> > Only revision B1 and B2 are confirmed working. So need to physically go in
> > the store and hope that the bottom of the box says what the revision is.
> > And it is supported by dd-wrt
> > enabled, and then type
> > "dir-8", and it will come up with downloads. A two step process (loading one
> > image then the next), but seems to be supported.
> > Also OpenWRT seems to be supported too
> > http://wiki.openwrt.org/toh/d-link/dir-825
> > For those who don't need USB or Gigabit (just Wireless N), there is the
> > D-Link DIR-615 for less than half the price
> > http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/d-link-wireless-n-router-dir-615/10093527.aspx
> > Tempted ...
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