[MLB-WIRELESS] All quiet on the Wireless front....

Dan Flett conhoolio at hotmail.com
Tue Aug 3 23:45:57 EST 2004

Hi Andrew, All,

I've been trying to compile WRT54G firmware for myself but have hit a
few hurdles.  Have sort of given up for now, but I'll try again soon and
post my symptoms.

I've been thinking a lot about the essential applications a Melbourne
Wireless routing node needs, and how to get these into a WRT54G
firmware.  I want to make it as easy as possible for non-linux-geeks to
get involved in the network.

I've noticed the new Sveasoft firmware has some interesting features,
including a wireless client mode that swaps the internal network
interfaces so that the wireless interface is treated as if it was the
WAN interface.  It's not at a point yet where you could satisfactorily
set up a Melbourne Wireless node entirely via the web interface, but
it's getting closer.  Certainly it is possible via the command line if
you've got some linux experience.

Has anyone got any suggestions for default settings in a firmware for
the WRT54G?  I'd like to see these things working:

* OSPF working on the WAN and Wireless interfaces, with separately
settable area IDs for each interface...

* The latest version of Quagga ported to the WRT54G, Sveasoft is using
Zebra 0.92-something.

* NoCatSplash or Chillispot Captive portals, with a nice Melbourne
Wireless information webpage that pops up when someone attempts to
access a web page in their browser

You can Telnet or SSH into the box and have a play.  The shell is quite
nice, it even has command completion (press TAB).  I do miss MC though.

I don't think that it's a good idea to put a directional antenna on one
of the antenna connections and an omni on the other.  I don't think
antenna diversity works that way.  But certainly give it a test, and
post your results!  But I think you'd be better off connecting another
AP to one of the WRT54G's ports and using it as a client.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-melbwireless at wireless.org.au [mailto:owner-
> melbwireless at wireless.org.au] On Behalf Of Andrew Leech
> Sent: Saturday, 3 July 2004 15:57
> To: melbwireless at wireless.org.au
> Subject: Re: [MLB-WIRELESS] All quiet on the Wireless front....
> Yeah, you'd be crazy to stick to the stock linksys firmware, it's so
> incredibly limited compared to 3rd party ones, especially sveasoft.
> those who don't really know it, the sveasoft one is used exactly the
> as the stock one, they've got the same web interface and everything,
> just got many more capabilities.
> I've just got my hands on a copy of the source for the latest
> release of sveasoft firmware and having a bit of fun compiling up a
> slightly customised firmwares for it....first thing for me is to get
> client running so can mount a share from my main linux server, and I'm
> trying to build one with a hacked wireless driver that supposedly
> help for longer links, although it's not certain it's working right.
> If anyone's interested in having a copy of the firmware with their own
> default settings compiled into it they're more than welcome to contact
> Once I've compiled it the first time, it only takes about 2 minutes to
> recompile with a new default's file.
> Andrew Leech (CoronaFire)
> On Tue, 3 Aug 2004 08:48:12 +1000, Winder <winder at iinet.net.au> wrote:
> > Howdy.
> >
> >  It's been quiet out there for some time.... what's going on?
> >
> >  Anyone that just got a WRT54G managed to flash it, and if so what
> happened?
> >
> > Regards,
> > g at z.
> >
> >
> >
> >
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