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

unsolicited unsolicited at swiz.ca
Fri May 21 14:07:47 EDT 2010


Either this is the one Khalid has been talking about since his first 
message, or I'm missing something.

My Netgear WNDR3700 arrived yesterday.

(List) References: 
http://astoria.ccjclearline.com/pipermail/kwlug-disc_kwlug.org/2010-May/004748.html
[including openwrt / ddwrt]


Richard Weait wrote, On 05/21/2010 12:39 PM:
> Here's one for ya', unsolicited.
> 
> ftp://ftp10.dlink.com/pdfs/products/DIR-825/DIR-825_ds.pdf
> 
> 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.
> http://fetzig.org/2009/12/24/openwrt-on-the-d-link-dir-825/
> 
> 
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> 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:
> <http://www.infonec.ca/site/main.php?module=detail&id=437209>
> 
> 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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