WRV200: has anyone tried rebuilding firmware from the released source?

Discussion in 'Cisco Small Business Routers and VPN Solutions' started by HughR, Jan 27, 2007.

  1. HughR

    HughR LI Guru Member

    The WRV200 hardware looks to be a bargain. Not much more expensive than the WRT54GL and perhaps better (twice the RAM, if I remember correctly).

    From my standpoint, the software has been a tantilizing failure. I've been waiting in vain for the software to get good enough for me.

    There are three ways ahead:
    • continue waiting.
    • rebuild firmware from the source that Linksys has released
    • third party firmware (dd-wrt, open-wrt, etc.)
    In reverse order, I'll address each of these.

    I don't think that there is currently any third-party firmware for the WRV200. Does anyone know of any? Months ago, I added a row for the WRV200 to the OpenWRT table of hardware, but that hasn't magically caused support to appear:

    Has anyone tried rebuilding the firmware from the released source? If that could be done, I'd be happy to hack on it to make it better (at least for me). So far I've been too lazy to be the pioneer. Anyone else interested? Since I wrote a good chunk of the IPsec code, I might be useful to such a project. I don't actually know if Linksys has released enough code to do this.

    The easiest approach for me is to continue waiting. This costs me very little effort. It seems like a shame to waste the unit, but that is a lot less expensive than an open-ended time commitment to get the darn thing doing what I want. The WRT54GL would be easier.

    How do others feel? Anyone else interested in hacking firmware for the WRV200?
  2. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    We've got one of the compilers for third party wrt54g firmware working with us on the wrv200; the only thing he's been waiting for from the linksys side is good source code. We're looking for something starting around firmware version 1.0.21 before he said he'll actually get started; everything before that was based on the original firmware, which would be pointless.

  3. HughR

    HughR LI Guru Member

    Would you say he was a cross compiler? :)

    I actually had to read your message a couple of times before I realized that the compiler was a person.

    Very soon after each firmware source release, you announce a better beta firmware binary-only release. This, and my natural laziness, have prevented me even attempting a build.

    Feel free to mention which compiler. I take it that you did not do so intentionally.
  4. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    You got it...

    "Said" compiler hasn't given me permission to release his activities pertaining to his helping the beta team. I'll check and see if he wants to share his credentials because a lot of linksys users already "use" his work :)

  5. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    The main problem is linksys or gemtek have not released the source code for the wireless drivers.
  6. HughR

    HughR LI Guru Member

    That's unfortunate. But it should be possible to live with this. There are two cases that I can imagine

    (1) The drivers are separate binary modules that you could reuse in a rebuild (assuming that you kept the interfaces used by the modules unchanged). This is inconvenient because newer Linux releases change the binary interfaces to modules. OR

    (2) Linksys is violating the GPL and should be induced to release the source.
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