[Cerowrt-devel] WNDR3700v4 is out...
dave.taht at gmail.com
Thu Jan 3 15:03:36 EST 2013
Although the wndr4300 gained support in openwrt, it is still rather
limited when I last looked.
Due to the use of NAND flash in this board Squashfs + JFFS2 may never
work, and even with JFFS2, it's worrisome regarding wear leveling....
On Thu, Jan 3, 2013 at 11:56 AM, David Lang <david at lang.hm> wrote:
> still working on this, but openwrt has gained support for the WNDR4300, and
> reports are that it appears that it's the same board as the WNDR3700v4. The
> 4300 is selling for ~$130 so it's a viable option, even if the 3700v4 falls
> David Lang
> On Sun, 23 Dec 2012, Dave Taht wrote:
>> On Sun, Dec 23, 2012 at 2:27 AM, David Lang <david at lang.hm> wrote:
>>> On Thu, 20 Dec 2012, Richard Brown wrote:
>>>> The wndr3700v4 is out, and appears to be a good hardware upgrade from
>>>> the 3800 series, but it's not supported by openwrt yet.
>>>> I took a look at their GPL source distribution. And yea! it's openwrt.
>>>> And boo! it's ancient openwrt, for example dnsmasq is 2.39 (current is
>>>> 2.64), and their kernel is 2.6.31.
>>>> I think the cpu and ethernet chips tho look a lot better: Atheros
>>>> AR9344+ AR9580(5GHz)+AR9344(2.4GHz). It's my hope these do ipv6
>>>> I found a WNDR3700v4 at the local Staples for $99.99. I wasn't brave
>>>> enough to buy it. Here's an image of the box so you can recognize it...
>>> I've purchased one, but I don't have the openwrt experiance to bootstrap
>>> this. I have built my own openwrt images for the 3700v2 and 3800 and have
>>> been using Linux since the 0.99 kernel days, so I am very comfortable
>>> mucking with kernel compile options.
>>> If someone is willing to coach me through the process, I'd be happy to do
>>> the experimentation.
>> I've ordered one too, but I would argue that a concerted effort would
>> need to be made on the part of some core #openwrt devs to get it
>> anywhere. The cpu is a mips 74k. It's a dual issue core with a very,
>> very long pipeline, so although it boasts twice the instructions per
>> clock than the 24k, and in simple benchmarks like drystone, rocks,
>> that deep pipeline isn't helpful for tons of code. (IMHO). It doesn't
>> look like the cache architecture is improved much, either.
>> It's not clear what the ethernet driver is, there appear to be legal
>> issues on the equivalent broadcom ethernet device, and so on, and so
>> You will need, at least, a 3.3v serial port and adaptor, and jtag
>> might be needed. If you want to learn about just how painful it is to
>> bring up a new board, this is your chance!
>> It makes sense to start a thread on openwrt-devel about doing the port.
>> And/or find some other still supported hardware still being shipped by
>> some other manufacturer.
>> Frankly, if we truly have to jump platforms, I'd rather go arm.
>>> David Lang
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