Possible to replace "G" minipci w/ an "N" card in WRT54Gv1.0

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by JBabey, Jun 6, 2008.

  1. JBabey

    JBabey LI Guru Member

    Possible to replace "G" minipci w/ an "N" card in WRT54Gv1.0 ?

    I have been poking around looking for the answer to this for some time, and seems nobody has a concrete answer.

    By my own (possibly incorrect) deductions it would seem that yes you could, the firmware would just need to be compiled with proper linux drivers to run the "N" card that I inserted.

    Has anyone successfully converted their v1.0 WRTG54 to an "N" router?
    If it is a simple matter of drivers, how would someone go about compiling them into the firmware?
    Is there possibly an "N" card out there that would work w/ the existing builds of DDWRT or OPENWRT?

    I appreciate the feedback, hopefully with minor modifications this can be a reality.

  2. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    Are there even minipci Draft-N adapters out there? Most Draft-N adapters for notebooks I have seen are of the mini PCI-E variety, which has a different form factor and slot.
  3. szfong

    szfong Network Guru Member

    There are a couple good atheros-based mini-pci (non-express) linux compatible cards available in the draft-n single and dual band varieties. And the answer is NO, you do NOT want to couple it with the wrt54g v1 at 125MHz!!

    These cards + drivers consumes quite a bit of CPU during transfers. Even the newest routers from linksys, netgear, & d-link running at 500MHz or higher will max out the cpu during massive lan-lan, lan-wan, and lan-wireless transfers during tests. These occurrences happens the worse when dual band is used + heavy lan-lan + wireless streaming. You'll notice massive "spurts"/up/down/erratic performance during massive cpu usage.

    You NEED an EMBEDDED BOARD for this, it can be much more expensive than an off-the shelf solution.

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