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New WRV54G Firmware (From Wilibox)

Discussion in 'Cisco Small Business Routers and VPN Solutions' started by DocLarge, May 6, 2006.

  1. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Svg1 just came across a project that looks like it's going to make the WRV54G the router it should have been the entire time. A development effort called "Wilibox" looks to have created WRV54G firmware that gives the WRV54G all the functionality we wanted in the first place plus "mucho" extra:

    http://www.wilibox.com/products/wili-embedded-linux

    Here's a link to the forum discussing this firmware's functionality on the WRV54G:

    http://www.wilibox.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8

    I've never flashed with "JTAG" cables, but that's what appears to be a requirement to get this image on the WRV54G. Furthermore, if you have a bricked WRV54G, I recall somewhere seeing that it requires JTAG cables to bring it back to life. Hell, if that's the case, I could put my bricked WRV54G back together and enable "Boingo Hotspot" on it and make some spare change :)

    I'm giving it some serious consideration, to say the least.

    Good lookin' out, SVG1...

    Doc
     
  2. chris547

    chris547 Network Guru Member

    All the functions listed can be got via Openixp, the only difference between this and that is a snazzy frontend and a bit of hard work, so the question is, is Wilibox the equivilent of what Sveasoft is to the wrv54g!

    Also I've never had to use JTAG cable to reflash the wrv54g. You've got to be really unlucky to actually brick a wrv54g. Most of the time redboot is intact and waiting in the background to save the day. It's just a case of getting to it, it's possible with a modified phone cable but it has been possible to get access to it via ethernet on other Linksys products.

    I'd be very worried about a product that claims to require jtag to install, why are they missing about with the bootloader?
     
  3. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    :eek:

    so this isn't free then? GPL licencing rules being bent again then?
     
  4. jdepew

    jdepew Administrator Staff Member Member

    This appears to be much more involved than just a hacked together firmware. It seems like its a whole topology scheme and administration tools.

    The parts that are GPL-bound are available here - http://www.wilibox.com/products/gpl and it would appear they do have a significant amount of custom work not subject to OSS lisences, similar to many products that run on top of linux such as TwonkyVision's UPnP server software. Anyone can write an application for any operating system, open source or not, and charge whatever they want for it, granted they don't use licensed code. If they do use portions, those changes must be follow the terms of that license. Short version of the story - I'm sure they're fine.

    I'd be very interested to see what DocLarge finds out about the support for thw WRV54G.
     
  5. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    I don't see anything wrong with this either, JD. It will take more than "personal uncertainty" to keep people from exploring a solution we have all been waiting for.

    I have already posted in the Wili forum asking about getting some screenshots.

    If this firmware is actually what it says on paper, I'm buying :thumb:

    Doc
     
  6. ccbadd

    ccbadd Network Guru Member

    Does anyone know what the price is for this firmware? One thing I really don't like is that the Lisence is for 1 year. That only means that if a new Major version comes out within a year you can upgrade, but security and bug fixes for your Major release is included. I am currently looking hard at Openixp, if a good gui gets put on Openixp, Wilibox will be dead. So the real value is in ease of use, use Openixp and work a little harder getting it setup or pay some $ for the Wilibox toolset to make it easier. That is really what you are buying, not the GPL code.
     
  7. TazUk

    TazUk Network Guru Member

    Appears to be 35 euros
     
  8. svg1

    svg1 Network Guru Member

    One diffrence i did notice between the 2 is that wilibox has a manual you can download which includes very detailed configuration info .

    For someone thats new to linux wilibox looks a bit easier to configure than openixp . I would also agree if openixp provided a good GUI with a detailed manual like wilibox then it would be a waste of money.

    Either one has to be better than linksys beta firmware .
     

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