Hacking the Linksys WRT54G
peter at bowenfamily.org
Mon Mar 14 09:22:17 MST 2005
I don't generally say - Me too... but I'll make an exception in this
case. I'm running an older WiFiBox. I used the openWRT and was one of
the early beta testers. The coolest thing is that you can set the
router to tftp a new image on boot so that if you mess up you haven't
created a brick - I mention this beacuse I 'bricked' one. Another note
is that you can NFS mount a filesystem and SLOWLY build anything you
JStay at mediageneral.com wrote:
>I currently run a hacked WRT54G at home. I have tried various distros,
>from WifiBox to Sveasoft, to generic Linksys, but I have ended up on
>openwrt (http://www.openwrt.org). This firmware is very stable, and
>also starts out very basic. You can then add components as needed down
>the road via it's own packaging system called ipkg. Because of this it
>is very customizable. I plan on using one of the hotspot packages down
>the road to turn it into a hotspot.
>The only problem with this distro (if you call it a problem) is it is
>pure-command line Linux. All is done via telnet, and if you install an
>ssh daemon, you can get rid of telnet and do it all via ssh. Any
>modifications to the firewall have to be done via iptables, so a good
>knowledge of iptables is necessary. It's a good way to force yourself
>to learn though. Because of this there is a bit of risk in that if you
>put the wrong iptables line in your firewall script, it can disable
>access to the router.
>That being said, if it ever does happen, there are numerous ways to get
>yourself out of a hairy situation, all can be found at openwrt.org.
>Every time I've locked myself or thought I had broke it, I've been able
>to recover - I would say this brings down the risk level significantly.
>However, if you want something safer, but just as powerful, go with
>Sveasoft - keep in mind though if you ever want decent support you have
>to pay about $20/yr for it. Despite Sveasoft being GPL, the maintainers
>make it awfully hard to bring in community support.
>>From: plug-bounces at plug.org [mailto:plug-bounces at plug.org] On
>>Behalf Of Gabriel Gunderson
>>Sent: Saturday, March 12, 2005 2:50 PM
>>To: plug at plug.org
>>Subject: Hacking the Linksys WRT54G
>>Anyone messed around with putting a different Linux on one of
>>these wireless routers? What works best? What has the least
>>risk? What are you doing with it now that it's opened up?
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