VxWorks on WRT54GL

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by Calvin81, Mar 1, 2006.

  1. Calvin81

    Calvin81 Network Guru Member

    Hi there,

    so now my second posting here...

    I was wondering if somebody has tried to put the vxWorks from WRT54G v5 on the GL version? I mean if they've only taken out some ram and rom and did not do any other changes (which I had the feeling of they didn't from other posts her) this should work right? But why do they say its not down compatible with older routers on their homepage?

    Thanx for any brains provided!!

    By the way, I know there is no meaning in being happy having the hackable router and then using it with the linksys official....

    I'm just curious. ;)
  2. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member


    That is just *WRONG*...

    There are some things too perverted to be spoken of in public.
  3. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: (sorry, it's just such a... unique... concept)

    Well, I suppose you COULD. All you'd need is to start with aftermarket firmware that would accept the codepattern of the VxWorks stuff, and then presumably the VxWorks isn't looking at something in the hardware (a ROM chip somewhere that it is expecting or something, to control unauthorized use of the licensed operating system - after all VxWorks is commercial and licensed software, so Linksys probably had to prevent it from unauthorized use).

    Or, of course, you could find someone who would GLADLY buy a $50 router at a local store and exchange it with you for a $75 router. Less risky, too.

    All seriousness aside...

    I won't get into why you would WANT to. Some things are best left unexplained, though you might want to get to the doctor for a checkup, odd delusions like this could be an early warning sign of an aneurysm.

    :drinking: Drinking and posting don't mix, my friend. (kidding!) :rockon:
  4. Calvin81

    Calvin81 Network Guru Member

    Well if I did amuse you, it was all worth it right... :cheering:

    You know I have not been able to get one of those V4 ones and none of the shops near me have the GL version in stock. As I needed a router just now, I had to buy the v5.... and that one is indeed working quite well....

    I could not find that much info on the GL, nobody seems to have it yet??

    xrattiracer told me the hardware should be the same as in v4
    !!Thanks man!!

    Anyway, I was just curious if it would work the other way around.
    @ NateHoy
    You might be right withe the licensing stuff. I'll get myself the GL one and stop asking stupid questions about vxWorks.....

    :rockon: rockon guys :rockon:
  5. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    Last I checked, the GL is a "mail order only" unit. Stores won't be carrying them any time soon.

    The WRT54GL *is* a WRT54G V4 with a new brand name on it. What Linksys should have done is renamed the WRT54G the WRT54GPOS when they introduced the V5 hardware, and kept the WRT54G and WRT54GS as Linux. They could have saved a lot of heartache for their users that way.
  6. mazilo

    mazilo Network Guru Member

    I don't know if it worths your effort to buy a GS v3 or older from eBay.
  7. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    You know I am going to have nightmares for days now.

    What a disturbing idea, VxWorks on a perfectly good Linux-based unit.

    When I wake up in a cold sweat, I will curse your name ;)

    You are one sick puppy Calvin!

    Seems like NewEgg had the GL on sale and free shipping the other day, look around!

    I think they should have called these new ones the WRT54VE for "Value Edition" and sold them for about $20. They'd be worth that. Not worth $50.
  8. -mb-

    -mb- Network Guru Member

    Once they get the bugs worked out, this will likely be a good device for those interested in a basic wireless router who are not interested in advanced configuration abilities.
  9. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    Yes Linksys has a huge team of crack programmers working on bug-fixes, I bet it is those brilliant out-sourced tech support guys I talked to :rofl:

    I find a lot better support and fixes from the mod community than Linksys has ever given me. Sometimes they sell some nice hardware and a firmware that's a decent starting point for continued work. Other times, not so much.....
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