[MLB-WIRELESS] MWRP router selection (AKA: asus 550ge $49 from MSY

Tim Hogard thogard at knotty.abnormal.com
Fri Mar 7 11:40:58 EST 2008

> While the WL-500GP is a nice piece of kit, I'd prefer that we sourced an
> 802.3af power-over-ethernet compliant device with decent specs for
> running MWRP.
And where do paln on getting 802.3af power supplies cheaply?  A 48V supply
costs far more than a 12V or 5V one.

> If we go with a pivotroot system paired with USB flash, we'd want the
> following features:
>  - 4MB flash (pivotroot onto usbfs negates the need for anything bigger)
>  - USB 2.0
>  - minimum 64MB RAM
>  - crypto accelerator would be nice, not essential.
>  - 802.3af POE
>  - low cost
> I'm not sure if USB 2.0 and 802.3af are mutually exclusive by virtue of
> USB 2.0 requiring 500mA per port and 802.3af only supplying about 12.9W
> of usable power... can anyone clear this up for me?  Otherwise, POE+
> (802.3at) delivers up to 56W of power BUT hasn't been ratified yet.  :(
500mA at 5 V is 2.5W.  Most routers are at least double that.


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