[kwlug-disc] Linux capable Wireless N routers

Khalid Baheyeldin kb at 2bits.com
Sat May 8 12:50:45 EDT 2010

Still searching for a Linux capable Wireless N router (via dd-wrt, or

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

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

But at FutureShop for $140

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

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

Tempted ...
Khalid M. Baheyeldin
2bits.com, Inc.
Drupal optimization, development, customization and consulting.
Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability. --  Edsger W.Dijkstra
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. --   Leonardo da Vinci
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