[isf-wifidog] Re: [isf-vol] Fwd: [wirelesstoronto-discuss] new cheaper router

Gabe Sawhney gabe at pwd.ca
Mer 6 Sep 12:13:54 EDT 2006

Hi Alexis --
I don't know much about the guts of these boxes, but I think the key
is that they use the same chipset.  Practically, this means that from
a software perspective, they're identical -- only the box is
different.  I followed the exact same instructions for setting up the
router as I use for the WRT54GL, with these exceptions:
- if you want to install OpenWRT using the default Motorola firmware,
you have to use the WR850G-specific OpenWRT image (it's the same
binary, it just has a different header, so that it passes the Motorola
firmware validation or whatever)
- the WR850G defaults to the LAN IP, and it's easier to
change that (assuming you want to!) using the Motorola firmware than
doing it after the fact, 'cause there are some leftover nvram settings
that can confuse dnsmasq later

No recompilation or anything is necessary.

>From my perspective, the availability of this router is a relief.  We
insist that our venues purchase the router, so this gives them (those
that don't need to cover a large area) a budget option.  There have
also been times when WRT54GL routers haven't been available -- I can't
speak for the long-term availability of the Motorolas, but it makes me
feel better knowing that we now have two options.


On 9/5/06, Alexis Cornellier <alexis.cornellier at gmail.com> wrote:
> J'ai comme un feeling qu'on devrait pas changer de routeur. Le wrt54g est le
> routeur standard de l'industrie (tout le monde en a un et tout le monde
> développe sur celui-là). Le wrt54g utilise une antenne À LA FOIS, à la
> dernière formation, on nous a il me semble expliquer que les 2 antennes
> était utiles.
> Nous utilisons beaucoup d'antenne et surtout nous ne savons jamais quand
> nous aurons à les utiliser.
> Nous pourrions tout de même acheter quelques un de ces routeurs (5) pour
> faire des test et voir si c'est plus stable à certain endroit.
> Ne faut t'il pas recompiler une image pour pouvoir changer de routeur?
> En utilisant ce routeur, on s'expose aussi à des difficulté au niveau de
> l'approvisionnement (ce qu'on a déjà même avec des routeurs toujours
> disponible à la coop). Et on ne sait pas si ces routeurs resteront sur le
> marché longtemp. Pour ce qui est du wrt54g on vois que linksys à quand même
> à laisser un modèles compatible openwrt sur le marché vue le nombre de
> ventes.
> Alexis
> On 9/5/06, Michael Lenczner <mlenczner at gmail.com> wrote:
> > ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> > From: Gabe Sawhney <gabe at pwd.ca >
> > Date: Sep 5, 2006 5:56 PM
> > Subject: [wirelesstoronto-discuss] new cheaper router
> > To: "Discussion list for wirelesstoronto."
> > <wirelesstoronto-discuss at wirelesstoronto.ca >
> >
> >
> > Thanks to a tip on the Ottawa Sans Fil list, the newest router in the
> > WT inventory is *NOT* a Linksys.  It's a Motorola WR850G:
> >
> http://broadband.motorola.com/consumers/products/wr850g/default.asp
> >
> > I installed wifidog on it and it's ready to go.  It's significantly
> > smaller than the Linksys.  It has only one antenna (the Linksys only
> > uses one anyway), but it's NOT removable -- if you want to attach an
> > external antenna, you'd have to pull out a soldering iron.  But very
> > few of our spots use external antennas.  It also uses a 500mA power
> > supply, instead of the Linksys' 1A.
> >
> > The best part: I bought it for $45 ($51.30 after tax) at PC4Canada on
> > Spadina; they seemed to have only three others.  Even if we have to
> > mail-order them, though, they're still cheaper than the Linksys
> > WRT54GL ($71.99 plus tax).
> >
> > Even though OpenWRT works on many models of router, the Linksys is the
> > only one that I've ever seen available at local retailers.  It's nice
> > to now have not only an alternative, but a cheaper one.
> >
> > Gabe
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