WRT350N -- is it a linux box?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by stangri, Oct 12, 2006.

  1. stangri

    stangri LI Guru Member


    just read about the WRT350N release (funny how on the linksys information page title it says WRVS4400N), anybody knows if it's a linux box or not?

    I realize probably nobody has got their hands on it yet, but maybe there're FCC watchers here who are in the know?

  2. marrik

    marrik Network Guru Member

    Is it available yet? I can't find it anywhere.
  3. BanditRider

    BanditRider Network Guru Member

    I wonder if the antennas are replacable. It looks like they probably are not. Like the SL.
  4. BrooklynWalker

    BrooklynWalker Network Guru Member

    I just got one. It's GIGABIT wired, and has a USB port for the "storage link." So far, it works better with G and B devices, and although it shows weaker signal strength from those devices, the connection appears more consistent regardless.

    I tried taking an EXT3 drive which had been formatted and filled using my NSLU2, but it was not recognizable as having any data.
  5. marrik

    marrik Network Guru Member

    Where did you get it?
  6. ilkevinli

    ilkevinli Network Guru Member

    I got mine at BestBuy

  7. posthaste

    posthaste Network Guru Member

    WRT350N & Network Adapter Cards

    So I'm wondering if the WRT350N router is compatible with an SRX400 network adapter PC Card (WPC54GX4).

    Which network cards are you guys successfully using with the WRT350N?

  8. brenix

    brenix LI Guru Member

    I just purchased one to at best buy. I'm hoping that there will be third party firmware for it. For right now i need to figure out if its a linux box too
  9. BrooklynWalker

    BrooklynWalker Network Guru Member

    At BestBuy, NY, LI, RT110. It was the only one on the shelf among a bunch of 300's, and didn't have a price posted on the shelf. It was $179.
  10. BrooklynWalker

    BrooklynWalker Network Guru Member

    I bought the USB "N" adapter WUSB300N with it for $119, with which I get 270Mbps. I'm also using the built-in Etheros adapter on the MacBook, two WVC11B cameras, and the built-in adapters on Toshiba and HP laptops (don't know the specific models off-hand) and they all work fine. Also, a wireless-G print server from Linksys. All fine.
  11. BrooklynWalker

    BrooklynWalker Network Guru Member

    It's worth noting that this thing does not appear wall-mountable, which is a disappointment to me. I had a BEFW11S4, a couple of generations of the old WRT54G, and a WRT54GX (which looked a bit different) but all were wall-mountable. This is not.
  12. cgondo

    cgondo Network Guru Member

    Is that 270Mbps real world throughput?
  13. ilkevinli

    ilkevinli Network Guru Member

    No way. If it shows a 270mbps connection then the actual throughput would be about 100mbps. When I show a connection of 243mbps the actual throughput was 85-90mbps. This was tested with Qcheck.

  14. posthaste

    posthaste Network Guru Member

    Hmm. Well, that's not bad considering a WRT54GX4 router with WPC54GX4 card maxs out at 240 mbps.

    I wonder if Linksys plans to introduce a "350N" network card, or if we're supposed to just stick with a WPC300N for now?
  15. marrik

    marrik Network Guru Member

    Strange, I just visited the Linksys.com website and it said "Coming soon: WRT350N"....
    I don't understand anymore, is it available or not? When I go to BestBuy.com or Amazon.com it's in backorder.
  16. ilkevinli

    ilkevinli Network Guru Member

    Its available. Lots of people have gotten them from Best Buy.

  17. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    Has anyone a picture of the internals or more data? Surely one of you that has one could pop the case open and give us some autopsy data....

    A primer to finding Linksys FCC filings, go to their search page and look for grantee code Q87. I found the WRT350N in a few minutes:


    Looks like a Broadcom 4705 processor, and some Nanya DDR memory, not certain of size yet hard to read markings.

    Serial: With a serial port kit like I already have, it would be quick work to hook up and watch the console messages and see what's what. I see a 2x6 connector grid near one corner. Typically the Linksys boards use a 2x5 for the serial ports. So from the fuzzy photos available I do not spy the serial port hookups. Perhaps this 12-pin is for JTAG.

    Historically the Broadcom processors have been popular for Linux ports. I see on the Linksys GPL CodeCenter that the 300N was Linux-based so it's a fair bet the 350 will be also. No GPL code posted as yet.
  18. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    yeah though I wonder it the WRT350N EU version will be like the WRT300N v2 ?
  19. Thibor

    Thibor Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    oh god i hope not.
  20. marrik

    marrik Network Guru Member

    I wonder when it will be available in Europe... I want to get it!
  21. stepinrazor

    stepinrazor Network Guru Member


    So no news if it's linux based. Fry's has it for $149 bucks so I'm tempted to go get on right now.

    I really am hoping that Thibor's firmware will support the usb print server function like on the WRT54GLS
  22. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    Would be great if you did. Even just to pop the cover, snap some high-rez spy pix and return it. Not enough data on this yet for me to make a move.
  23. Linkyguy

    Linkyguy Network Guru Member

    Has anyone had trouble with the storage shares? I hooked up a Maxtor 320GB storage to WRT350N, created share, created user in admin group, but cannot access the share at all....
  24. Thibor

    Thibor Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    there may be an issue with large file tables in the stock fw, there was on the SL.
  25. Linkyguy

    Linkyguy Network Guru Member


    do you mean the storage? sl?
    If so, I also tried a thumbdrive with 512mb - FAT
    still same problem, get access denied when trying to make folder, etc
  26. Thibor

    Thibor Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    yes i meant the WRTSL54GS. if there is an issue with a 512MB stick, something is amiss, but as i don't have one or have any access to the sources; i am at a loss to explain exactly what may be wrong, whether it's settings related or a MASSIVE bug(to release a Storage Link router with broken storage link). did you give yourself, or the admin r/w priviledges?
  27. I apologize but I registered several days ago and since then I've spent several hours trying to find a way to POST something in these forums about my problem s trying to get a simple Linksys pair of boxes to work (I found no posts about my problem). I've found nothing remotely related to HOW to post a message here. Posting a new thread is probably simple to do -- but I just cannot find how you do it. Could one of you please tell me how you do it -- or perhaps give me a link to a sysop that will tell me? I've read the FAQ until blue in the face - it says a lot about posting but fails to mention how. Thanks.
  28. Linkyguy

    Linkyguy Network Guru Member

    storage on wrt350n

    yes - user created and put in admin group. I'm assuming it is the Windows logon name...?

    If I attach the external disk to a pc and put files on then re-attach to the wrt350N, I can read them, but cannot change.....
  29. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    Autopsy pix? Pretty please?
  30. Kaloz

    Kaloz Network Guru Member

  31. Linkyguy

    Linkyguy Network Guru Member

    Per my previous note, has anyone actually bought a WRT350N and tried to use the storage share? I can't write to my USB attached Maxtor, has anyone been successful here please?
  32. Thibor

    Thibor Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    sorry i can't help mate. if i get my hands on one; i'll have a dig into it.
  33. Mr Network

    Mr Network LI Guru Member

    what file system is your maxtor drive formatted with?
  34. Linkyguy

    Linkyguy Network Guru Member

    I also tried it with a FAT Thumbdrive - same results- write access denied......
    7 days and counting from when I sent in requested screenshots to Linksys "support".
  35. brenix

    brenix LI Guru Member

  36. Linkyguy

    Linkyguy Network Guru Member

    wrt350n firmware

    Curiously, they list the newest 1.03.2 WRT350N_v1.03.2_US.tgz source but do not have it listed under firmware download in the product section.......
  37. brdnboy

    brdnboy Guest

    I just picked up a WRT350N and it is working well. I have a 120gb WD drive and it work fine. I have had a few read write errors with file with wierd extensions but other that it works fine. Im using firmware 1.00.0 and it is formated FAT
  38. rknaub

    rknaub Guest

    Storage Link

    So the only problems I am really having (and I dont use UPnP) is with read/writing large amounts of files, the router crashes, USB light flashes and I have to power cycle the router to get it to work. Obviously you have to format with FAT which sucks, but whatever. I wanna upgrade the routers firmware with the one found here, but how do you suggest I compile (?) the files to make it something the router can see?
  39. Linkyguy

    Linkyguy Network Guru Member

    finally got storage working with FAT format.......
  40. gjmichael

    gjmichael Network Guru Member

    The newest firmware allowed me to start using NTFS. I have replaced my NSLU2 with the WRT350N by using a USB port replicator and attaching the both Maxtor 250 GB drives I had on my NSLU2 to the WRT350N. I was able to reformat the drive that was originally EXT3 as NTFS. I can now easily move either of the drives between my network and an individual XP machine.
  41. Linkyguy

    Linkyguy Network Guru Member

    I'm assuming you mean the v1.03.2 Oct. 30, 2006 release..?
    thanks - I'll try NTFS now....btw, what is EXT3?
    also, what does the media server do? I have the FTP server working OK
  42. eric_stewart

    eric_stewart Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    EXT3 is a Linux filesystem type, in the same way that NTFS is a filesystem for MS Windows. I suppose it's no surprise that this is the default file system for these devices considering the Linux underpinnings.

    The NSLU2 defaults to the EXT3 filesystem type though, incidentally, current firmware now supports NTFS as well.

    Don't know what media server does...though I imagine that it would be the ability to stream media to your home network. This is a feature of the 3rd party firmware that some (but not me) have used for the NSLU2.

    I hope that I haven't kept someone from giving you a better answer about "media server" by jumping on this thread!


  43. kman79

    kman79 LI Guru Member

    Hello everyone. I'm new to routers and I'm in the market for a new one and I'm currently eyeing the WRT350N. To those that have this router does it allow for Assigning Static DHCP? And most importantly, will custom firmwares be compatible with it? I currently own a WRT54GX2 that doesn't have the features I am looking for, two of which I mentioned earlier. Custom firmwares is important to me because I don't want to be held back. Any help on this is greatly appreciated
  44. bleeif

    bleeif LI Guru Member

    This is EXACTLY what I want to do with 350N
    connect my NTFS formated drives with existing Video Movies and Audio PCMWav Files via USB 2.0 and recorded Media Center TV shows
    Do you have any information you are willing to share as to through put speed from USB To gigabit eithernet
    Is it fast enough for Video? up to this task or like most of this $200 NAS does not make the mark.
    Additionaly does a USB Hub function on the 350N so I can connect more than just one USB Drive

    iT sounds like this could be the closest yet to actually doing the job for a pure NAS/Gigabit/NTFS device
    All the other units don't talk to NTFS
    which is kind of strange as most of are using Windows XP or similar go figure. One Manufacturer stated to me that there NAS could read & write to NTFS if Only Bill Gates would give them the Source code to NTFS! is this correct or just did not have the KNOW HOW? (synology)

    Thanks in adavance
  45. bleeif

    bleeif LI Guru Member

    350N NAS Router

    [/QUOTE] I have replaced my NSLU2 with the WRT350N by using a USB port replicator and attaching the both Maxtor 250 GB drives [/QUOTE]

    What is a USB Port Replicator you are refering to?
    Do you mean a USB Hub or USB Switch

  46. gjmichael

    gjmichael Network Guru Member

    USB Hub. Thanks for catching that. I have since noted that if I reboot the WRT350N I need to remove each of the 3 NTFS drives I have and insert them 1 at a time in the order the WRT350N wants them to ensure that my shares are available. Luckily I have not had to reboot often.
  47. Toink

    Toink Network Guru Member

    I wish I could also plug in my webcam to this router or a third party software that will allow this soon :)
  48. Thibor

    Thibor Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    i don't know about webcam support, but a 3pf will be available soon. my 350N arrived today, and i will be looking into it sometime over the weekend. initially, it looks good, let's hope it's better than the dreadful WRT300N. i intend to do a direct port of the WRTSL54GS firmware, but using the slightly different 350N web interface. i'm not completely sure yet, so i'm open to suggestions. but don't ask for features that aren't available in the SL, at least not just yet.
  49. Toink

    Toink Network Guru Member

    Oh my! Oh My! Having read about the great things you have done for the WRTSL54GS, (and the rest of the wrt54G models - I'm using your Thibor_15c on my wrt54GL), I cant wait to see (and test) your work on my 3-day old wrt350N :)

    I'm definitely looking forward to your work :)
  50. posthaste

    posthaste Network Guru Member

    Ditto that ... my WRT350N definitely needs a good (non-Linksys) firmware.
  51. docinthebox

    docinthebox LI Guru Member

    I'm looking forward to Thibor's port to the WRT350N too. Hope it'll have full NTFS r/w support as it's taken Linksys quite a while to figure out the NTFS write support in their firmware.
  52. Thibor

    Thibor Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    it will have full ntfs support, just like the SL does now
  53. windage

    windage Network Guru Member

    I had initially bought the wrt300n and returned it. I went and bought the wrt350n and kept it. There is no comparison. I believe Thibor will be impressed with the 350n.
  54. windage

    windage Network Guru Member

    Just saw this in a post from someone else in openwrt.org. It seems like the router has more to offer then what I knew about.

    [This wiki page mentions that the WRT350N has "hardware crypto acceleration for IPSec, SSL, and WPA/WPA2". I presume they're talking about the BCM4705. Can anyone confirm or refute that?]

  55. Linkyguy

    Linkyguy Network Guru Member

    WRT350N 3pf

    would be interested in testing your WRT350N code Thibor!
    Does it look much different internally from the WRT300NV1? I thought they just bolted a storage port on to it..............
  56. Toink

    Toink Network Guru Member

    Perhaps a stupid question - but hey I just have to ask it :biggrin:

    Thibor, is it possible to add the PPPoA protocol on this router or it's entirely a hardware limitation to include this in any third party firmware? Thanks! :smile:
  57. tempralflux

    tempralflux Network Guru Member

    Wheres the best place to order the wrtsl or wrt350 in the UK.

  58. Thibor

    Thibor Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Linkyguy: it looks quite different internally. i thought it would be a 300v1 with a usb port but it's not.
    Toink: no PPPoA
    Tempralflux: you can't get either or these yet in the UK, and i believe the SL is now discontinued too. hopefully we'll be able to buy the 350 here soon.
    i have a lot of the internals working ok now and i'll release it when i can find the time to polish it up. most of the web stuff is done(thanks greg), but there is still quite a lot for me to get done with it, when i can get the time to do it. It seems to be a lot more reliable than the 300, which is wonderful. i'm hoping that this device will be a worthy successor to my SL which sits proudly as my gateway
  59. Sgt_Strider

    Sgt_Strider LI Guru Member

    Sorry if this has been answered, but does this router uses a Linux firmware like the WRT54GL? Are there any good expresscard wireless-n products that work well with this router? Thanks!
  60. Toink

    Toink Network Guru Member

    yes it does
  61. Sgt_Strider

    Sgt_Strider LI Guru Member

    Since it has Linux installed, has anyone made a custom firmware for it yet? I would love it if someone added VPN support to the router.
  62. Toink

    Toink Network Guru Member

    Don't worry, Thibor is working on it :thumbup: He's selflessly shared the fruits of his talent to all of us here. I believe he's currently working on this particular router :thumbup: :thumbup:
  63. descott

    descott Guest


    Wahoo! Go Thibor! I cant wait. Mine just arrived in the mail today from DirectDial :) I was duped into buying a wrt300 by future shop, and am returning it tonight.
  64. Thibor

    Thibor Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    that's true. i am working on it, although i don't have much in the way of time right now with work and family stuff to deal with. the router itself looks pretty solid though, which is good.
  65. Sgt_Strider

    Sgt_Strider LI Guru Member

    Is this router only capable of operating in the 2.4ghz band? I thought all wireless-n devices can operate in 2.4ghz and 5ghz bands?
  66. Toink

    Toink Network Guru Member

    Hi Thibor! Any updates on your work on this router? :) Thanks!
  67. cinderfire

    cinderfire Guest

    WRT350N File Transfer Problems

    Hey Guys,
    I'm new to this forum and I am having a problem with my router and the usb drive. I currently have a 250gb WD Mybook hooked up to the wrt350n and i created the partition in the gui of the router. I created a share and set up the permissions, but when i try to drag a file into the folder that I am sharing on the drive, it says "Could not find this item" it does it with every file I try to copy over. The file system is fat32. It doesn't matter the size of the file or extension. I am currently on Windows Vista Ultimate and I also tried the method where you switch the setting in local security policy Network Security LAN Manager authentication level to Send LM & NTLM –use NTLMv2 session security if negotiated and still no luck Its driving me crazy. Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks :mad:
  68. Minbin72

    Minbin72 LI Guru Member

    Hi sorry to be a pain. but I'm new to this forum and would like to post a linksys issue....can someone please tell me how to create a post....Many Thanks
  69. GhaladReam

    GhaladReam Network Guru Member

    Umm.... You just did?
  70. drwowe

    drwowe LI Guru Member

    I haven't seen any recent news about the v2 hardware... I read the new version uses vxworks instead of Linux. Is it out yet? If I buy it today can I still get the Linux version? I want to put DDWRT on it.
  71. nibbs

    nibbs LI Guru Member

    Is the v2 already out? Seen controversial infos on that issue (blue/grey cover)...
  72. drwowe

    drwowe LI Guru Member

    I just took a chance and ordered one. If it is a v2 I'll send it back.
  73. nibbs

    nibbs LI Guru Member

    Thank you very much. Dunno if I will wait till then... I'm so fidgety about all that stuff right now...

  74. nibbs

    nibbs LI Guru Member

    I ordered one too. If this will be v2, that will be a pretty expensive doorstopper... :)
  75. drcew

    drcew Guest

    Just ordered my WRT350N from ZipZoomFly

    Just received mine, Version 1 thank goodness :biggrin:

    Looking forward to any firmware that supports VPN on this router. So far, so good with firmware 1.05.8beta.
  76. nibbs

    nibbs LI Guru Member

    Thank you very much! Looking forward to get mine... :)
  77. drwowe

    drwowe LI Guru Member

    My WRT350N just arrived. It has version 1.03.2 of firmware. This means it's version 1 hardware right? I just realized I don't know how to tell the difference. :confused:
  78. nibbs

    nibbs LI Guru Member

    You have to check the label on the device itself. If it says "WRT350N" than it's V1, guess what "WRT350Nv2" could mean... ;)
  79. Toink

    Toink Network Guru Member

    GPL Code v2.00.10 is out. I wonder if this is for hardware v2 or should we be expecting a more robust firmware (draft 2 compatible) soon??
  80. Thibor

    Thibor Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    i've checked it out, it's for v2 350N's only. the sources are 90MB in size.
  81. Toink

    Toink Network Guru Member

    Thanks for confirming Thibor :) I was kinda hoping for a better firmware with the release of the new GPL code.... I guess the wait continues :)

    I wonder though if v2 is broadcom based as well.......
  82. Rainey

    Rainey Network Guru Member

    Any update on this new V2 of the 350N

    Any update on the V2 of the 350N router,
    is it Linux still?
    can we use 3rd party firmware or will we be able to in the furture?

    I am looking to get a new router and have not keep up on all the models that i could buy today that still allow 3rd party firmware. Any pointers to current links on this subject would be great

  83. sethdavis

    sethdavis Network Guru Member

    Just saw this information on Wikipedia, what does this mean? I'm not familiar with the Marvell chipset? Will this be able to run linux/dd-wrt?

    v2.0 Marvell 88F5181 @ 500 MHz 16 MB 8 MB

    Please enlighten me.

  84. Rekoil

    Rekoil LI Guru Member

    Yeah I posted that on wikipedia. No it will not run dd-wrt at this stage, there are no drivers for the Marvell CPU.
  85. BizSAR

    BizSAR Network Guru Member

    v1 vs. v2

    Any word on the exact differences between v1 and v2? I just bought a v1, and I'm wondering if I should take it back for a v2.
  86. Toink

    Toink Network Guru Member

    Keep that version 1. There's a slim chance V2 can take 3rd party firmware.
  87. Rekoil

    Rekoil LI Guru Member

    Definitely keep V1, V2 has less memory, and a crappier (although faster) processor.
  88. PhoenixNR

    PhoenixNR LI Guru Member

    Any updates? I'd really like to come back to Thibor for my wrt350N.
  89. andlommy

    andlommy LI Guru Member

    They all are linux based. Unless they're VxWorks, they're all linux - take a look at GPL sources, and you'll see broadcom linux kernel port, busybox and rest on it....all in the official firmware.
  90. Magilla

    Magilla Guest

    I have a V2 350N and this doesn't appear to work. It seems to only show the last drive attached.

    If anyone has a workaround for this I'd love to know it.
  91. sconk

    sconk Network Guru Member

    you can connect a usb hub to the wrt350n v2 budt you need my firmware that will support 2 disks.
  92. Thibor

    Thibor Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    no updates i'm afraid, and i don't foresee any happening as my 350N is in the bin. it died on me after the last official firmware upgrade and the offered replacement by cisco did not arrive, so i trashed it as the piece of junk it was. the 600N on the other hand seems to be quite good (up to now anyway, it seems reasonable reliable)
  93. wongrch

    wongrch Guest

    I have this WRT350N (ver.1) running the 1.05.8 beta firmware. The FTP function for the USB drive never really works!

    I see that there are these new versions of V2.00.17 & V2.00.19. Are they good for my v.1 router. If not, anyone knows of the lastest version for a v.1 please?

    I tried the DD-WRT v24-sp1, but doesn't look like it supports FTP either; even for the mega version!?
  94. RafaelCamacho

    RafaelCamacho LI Guru Member

    I think that linksys and the others 3rd part firmware forget us...
  95. ruchi

    ruchi Serious Server Member

    hi i have no idea about linux box............
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