[kwlug-disc] Fwd: [TLUG]: Dlink DIR-825 wireless router one-day sale $119.99

Richard Weait richard at weait.com
Fri May 21 12:39:29 EDT 2010

Here's one for ya', unsolicited.


Dual band N 5GHz and 2.4 GHz
4+ 1 gigabit ports
1 USB port

64M ram

Be sure to get the "B1" revision.  This is apparently marked on the box.

Reports in the wild of loading OpenWRT on this router.  The official
hardware list has not been updated to reflect this.

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From: D. Hugh Redelmeier <hugh at mimosa.com>
Date: Fri, May 21, 2010 at 11:18 AM
Subject: [TLUG]: Dlink DIR-825 wireless router one-day sale $119.99
To: tlug at ss.org

Lennart has recommended this router.  It is certainly not the
cheapest, but there is a one-day sale on it at Infonec:

This appears to be about 10% less than the best other local price.

I've enclosed one of Lennart's postings on this router.

Before that, here's a bit from a later discussion.  64M in an
off-the-shelf wireless router seems remarkable.  Invaluable if you intend
to build custom firmware with an abnormal amount of software.

| Date: Tue, 2 Mar 2010 15:25:06 -0500
| From: Lennart Sorensen <lsorense at csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
| Subject: Re: [TLUG]: Announcing OpenWrt/MLPPP - multilink firmware for
|     consumer routers - Caneris & Acanac
| On Tue, Mar 02, 2010 at 01:53:03PM -0500, D. Hugh Redelmeier wrote:
| > | From: Lennart Sorensen <lsorense at csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
| >
| > | Actually some DIR-825 rev B seem to have 64MB according to the dd-wrt
| > | developers.  Some have 32MB.  No one seems to know why this is.
| >
| > Nice!  It would be nice to know if you could some how tell before you
| > buy.
| None that I know of.  It seems dlink considers them equivelant and it's
| just a build variation.  Not sure if they need a different FCC id if
| they change the ram like that, so perhaps there is a difference.

On Wed, 28 Oct 2009, Lennart Sorensen wrote:

| Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2009 13:54:03 -0400
| From: Lennart Sorensen <lsorense at csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
| Reply-To: tlug at ss.org
| To: tlug at ss.org
| Subject: [TLUG]: New wireless router
| So two days ago, my WL-500gP suddenly decided to stop doing its job,
| and after pwoer cycling it it no longer booted.
| Reflashing it seemed to get it booting again, but not for long, and I
| then discovered the WAN port had turned into a LAN port on the switch,
| which meant the switch chip was no longer being configuring correctly.
| So time for a new router.  After looking what was available at local
| stores and researching them, I found out simultanious dual band routers
| with 802.11n are actually getting affordable now, and some of them are
| being worked on and will probably be supported by openwrt and the like
| pretty soon.
| So I bought a D-Link DIR-825 rev B1 with 2.02NA firmware (all nicely
| labeled on the outside of the box.  Linksys could learn something here).
| Very specificly NOT a rev A1 (which is apparently a piece of junk, with
| totally different hardware and software inside).  The rev A uses an ubicom
| CPU (300MHz proprietary RISC chip), while the rev B uses a 680MHz atheros
| 7161 MIPS 24k CPU.  The rev B runs linux (the A does not apparently).
| So with a 680MHz CPU and 64MB ram it is quite decent performance.
| So far I am impressed.  The signal strength for the various wifi enabled
| machines in the house is much improved over the old router too.
| I really like the guest wifi feature.  I now have it running as:
| wifi5 - WPA2/AES 5GHz 802.11 a/n
| wifi24 - WPA2/AES 2.4GHz 802.11 b/g/n
| wifi24ds - WEP 128bit 2.4GHz 802.11 b/g guest (firewalled from the
| other wifi and hence internet only access).  I run my Nintendo DS lite
| on this now.  I never had it able to connect to the internet before
| because it doesn't do WPA.
| The only issues with the default settings are a couple of misfeatures.
| The QoS support by default tries to measure the upstream bandwidth to
| decide how to configure the QoS support.  This takes a while, isn't that
| accurate and slows down boot time by a noticeable amount.  I turned
| that off and set my 1Mbit upstream speed manually.  Boot time is now
| much better and nicer.  The second misfeature, is a capcha at the login
| screen in addition to the password.  That is totally stupid, not even
| a well done capcha, and I turned that off too.  Everything else is great.
| Well the blue LEDs for the ports and power and such are awfully bright.
| I made mine face the wall for now. Apparently blue means working and
| amber means not yet working on this thing rather than red/green.
| So I would certainly recommend the DIR0825 rev B for anyone that wants
| the everything in one and at the same time wifi router.  Once openwrt
| and such hopefully one day runs on it, it will just get better.
| I also like the fact that the first thing you see when you open up the
| box, is a printed copy of the GPL along with an offer of getting a disc
| with the GPL parts of the code by writing them or sending an email.
| You can also download it from the website ofcourse.  The CD with the
| windows software also has a note on the back for Mac and Linux (both
| listed explicitly) users telling them where on the CD to find the
| documentation files.
| --
| Len Sorensen
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