What we need is a modulare firmware system for the wrt54g/gs

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by Gheimposse, Jan 4, 2005.

  1. Gheimposse

    Gheimposse Network Guru Member

    I bought a wrt54gs some days ago and I´ll have to say that each firmware from hyperwrt over openwrt and sveasoft to wifi-box offers its own goodies which are interesting enough to run this or that firmware.

    But what I´m still missing is a way to choose modules as needed, put them together an creat via a windows based gui the corresponding .bin firmware having a tftp client included to push it up to the router.

    And pleas don´tell me that this is impossible!!! Years ago the guys from FLI4L startet their projekt to use 486 computers via a 1,44MB flloppy drive to bring up small linux firwall system using the computers internal ram.
    The minmal system size was 4mb and was still huge enough to have a web based gui included as well as dyndns, dhcp, etc. modules still included.
    Fli4l (for each who still doesn´t know this piece this project) check out http://www.fli4l.de.
    Fli4l is a german project still be adapted for dsl usage supplying a core code binary as well as a windows based gui.
    You just need to download the needed modules, unzipping them, putting them in the directory to the core code, starting the gui, entering the needed information (ip of wan address, etc.) and press the "go" button so the tools starts to creat the 1,44" floppy disc.
    Also possible there´s a windows client utility with which you´re able to control the router (uptime, connect, disconnect, etc.) as well as doing a update by pushing the new binaries via tftp onto the router.

    Going this way not each and everyone (sorry for Sveasoft) need to invest many time on evaluating and supporting their own firmware ... no each developer may focus on his needs ... one can evaluate a vpn-server another a radius server, the next one the vlan support , etc. pp.
    So the programmers of a module just need to hand out infos for which original firmware the module is written for. If a new firmware comes out he just need to verify whether his module still works with the new firmware or to reprogramm his module for the new release.
    This way not each programmer needs to hack the whole sorcecode in its own.

    Regarding the fact that this is a GPL based code I hope I can interest enough programmers from sveasoft, wifi-box, HyperWRT, TinyPEAP, etc. to work togehter instead of side by side each on its own creating own releases.


    With this idea you have more time on your own by investing less support for a whole firmware instead just bringing out the best out of your modules. You also just need to support your own modules!
    "Wish list" are up to this date a thing of yesterday cause each and everyone can choose their modules, put them together on the current, official linksys firmware to have their own idea.
    Also improved firewall scripts, or telnet functions are able to be implemented ... you just overwrite the current source code.


    For all programmers ... please let me know if you´re interested!

  2. ravn

    ravn Network Guru Member

    Why do you have to post the SAME msg at so many places??
  3. Gheimposse

    Gheimposse Network Guru Member

    Just to ensure that each and everyone will get notice of my idea cause some guys just look in the formum for the firmware they are used to run on their router and do not look in other forums.
    Knowing that the "new topics" are just viewable a short time until new "new topics" come in I did it this way. *sorry*
  4. Morpheus

    Morpheus Network Guru Member

    That's Flooding he forum m8t
  5. Gheimposse

    Gheimposse Network Guru Member

    "Flood"ing the forum (if you like to call this broadcast this way) was neccessary cause we do not have only one firmware modification folder ... we have MANY.
    And each user (as I think) only checks his prefered firmware forum.
    So to reach each and every programmer and user I posted my idea/request in all forums cause under "new post" my topic is only viewable a short time.

    By the way ... I´m a little bit that each hacker/programmer evaluate his own firmware instead of adding prepared add-on packages which can be copied in the actual, original firmware release of linksys to save time and offer more flexibility to the users wishes.

    Take a look at FLI4L ....
    ONE site
    ONE sourcecode
    ONE support from MANY programmers
    MANY modules. Each programmer support its own.
    BEST evaluation of modules cause each programmer focus only on his workout.

    This princip works pretty good and each user (me too) likes this very much cause you´re able to pick out the prefered packages to compile your own firmware version.
  6. ravn

    ravn Network Guru Member

    Who is to decide whether you HAVE to make all those posts? I'm pretty sure, that you would get the attention your post deserves, even if you post just a single one...

    Well yes, it would migth work. But it's not the same on this site. Each programmer does his/hers works, and have a certain way of doing so. HyberWRT tries to say close to the org. Linksys firmware, and does not add a lot of new features. Many people likes that, but others may want a whole line of features, and go for another firmware...
  7. Gheimposse

    Gheimposse Network Guru Member

    Thanks ... but I know it for myself having a wrt54gs that it brings no sense for me at the moment to look in the forum of wifi-box cause this firmware is still written only for the wrt54g.

    So ... to broadcast the information this is (I didn´t programm this forum) the only way. *sorry*
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