Michal Čihař - Upgrading OpenWrt

Upgrading OpenWrt

While doing some bigger downloads, my wifi network used to have big problems, seeing tx errors, frame errors on the router. The router is old ASUS WL-500g Deluxe which was running OpenWrt Kamikaze up to now. I was anyway thinking going for something with 802.11a or 802.11n support, so I started to look for replacement. While looking for it and checking what newer boxes are supported by OpenWrt, I noticed, that I can finally try using 2.6 kernel and I should get working wireless as well with free (what was not possible for very long time).

I gave it a try and upgraded to Backfire 10.03.1-rc4. And looks there is no need to upgrade hardware right now. No more tx errors, the wireless is much more stable and faster.

Thanks to anybody who helped to create free drivers for Broadcom 4306 wireless chip.

PS: Upgrading OpenWrt while keeping configuration lead to horrible mess in my case, so I rather did clean install reconfiguring everything and rediscovering all errors I've made in the past.


Yaroslav Halchenko wrote on Nov. 26, 2010, 2:05 a.m.

wow... that probably also means that you can now simply run Debian on your router: have you heard about http://www.debwrt.net? I guess it just needs freshier version of b43

wrote on Nov. 26, 2010, 9:41 a.m.

Well I could. But DebWrt requires at least 350MB, while OpenWrt is perfectly happy with 4MB flash the device has.

Modestas wrote on Nov. 26, 2010, 11:13 a.m.

Thanks for the update on 2.6 status. I think I will upgrade my 500g deluxe as well.

Yaroslav Halchenko wrote on Dec. 4, 2010, 10:52 p.m.

"350MB" -- that is why it is great to have 2 USB ports there ;) For our Debian booth at SfN10 we had a 500GB drive serving the / and Debian mirrors ;-)