[kwlug-disc] Linux capable Wireless N routers

Joe Wennechuk youcanreachmehere at hotmail.com
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.

 

 

Joseph Wennechuk
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> 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:
> - 
> http://netgear.com/Products/RoutersandGateways/WirelessNRoutersandGateways/WNDR3700.aspx?detail=Specifications
> - $180 
> http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=27_365&item_id=030012&sid=4opc30nkkumoroo5v9u9p0olu4
> - Googled review 
> http://www.digitaltrends.com/networking-and-wi-fi-reviews/netgear-wndr3700-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 
> http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=27_365&item_id=023426&sid=4opc30nkkumoroo5v9u9p0olu4
> - not gigabit
> 
> LinkSys WRT610N (not mentioned in thread), appears to be the gigabit 
> version.
> - $150, after $20 rebate: 
> http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=27_365&item_id=019173&sid=4opc30nkkumoroo5v9u9p0olu4
> - 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://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=27_365&item_id=026991&sid=n3biiqd1j3clkstvo5kltqns80
> - 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
> > http://dd-wrt.com/site/support/router-database(have Javascript
> > 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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