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Discussion in 'DD-WRT Firmware' started by maracay, Nov 14, 2005.

  1. maracay

    maracay Network Guru Member

    Has anyone tried this new router with dd-wrt?

  2. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    btw Officially from linksys this has not yet been released.
  3. BrainSlayer

    BrainSlayer Network Guru Member

    wrong. its on the stock here. dd-wrt should work on it, but i havent tried it
  4. danr

    danr Network Guru Member

    It's available on buy.com for $66
  5. techmanblues

    techmanblues Network Guru Member

    Yes, you can get a WRT54GL from buy.com for $66. I am in the market to buy another WRT54G, and I am thinking of getting this one.

    At this writing, Linksys has not published a detailed spec on this router. They call it the "Linux Version". Why would they want to do that in such explicit terms unless they are aware of the substantial demand for such a Linux-based router by people like us here who play around with 3rd party FWs. I suspect the hardware is exactly the same as version 4 of the WRT54G. I had a chat with a Linksys tech and she said that the hardware is the same but the GPL source code is different. In fact, you can download the GPL code for the WRT54GL from the Linksys website.

    I think Linksys is making a wise decision to have two families of the WRT54G -- one that runs VxWorks to keep things simple and "efficient" and the Linux version to keep innovation alive by folks who create 3rd party FWs. I mean Linksys gets a lot of free labor out of these developers here. I am very sure that Linksys has "spies" browsing these boards here and reverse engineer some of these FWs. But that's ok because it all serves a grander purpose of advancing networking technologies.

    My dream router from Linksys would be a WRT54G that runs Linux that has a slot for a CompactFlash card. This card would act as a harddrive for storing data that is used by the FW -- modified or native. Basically, this router acts like a mini computer because now it has a motherboard, CPU, RAM, and harddrive. But with no moving parts, the router is completely silent and draws very little power. It can not only does the job of a router/access point/repeater/bridges, but also a file server both FTP and HTTP.

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