[Cerowrt-devel] tp-link 4300 evaluation

David Lang david at lang.hm
Mon May 27 05:32:14 EDT 2013

On Sun, 26 May 2013, Lance Hepler wrote:

> That's tragic. I just picked up a Netgear WNDR4300 (openbox on sale at the
> local Fry's) to see if I could hack up a CeroWrt clone on it. It seems to
> be mostly the same hardware as the WNDR3700v4 and the TP-Link WDR43[01]0,
> with things just wired up slightly differently.

As I understnad it, the difference between the WNDR3700v4 and WNDR4300 is that 
the 4300 has a slightly better wireless chip.

Unfortunantly from what I've seen so far, they did something wierd with the 
storage and as a result the stock openwrt can't access it. I've seen reports of 
people getting it to run from an initramfs, but this means that no settings can 
be preserved across reboot.

If you've seen anything different, I'd be very interested to hear about it (I 
picked up a 3700v4 and a couple 4300's for testing)

David Lang

> I'd be interested in your netperf testing setup. With the AR71xx chips
> going out of style, the AR934x series is probably our best bet for readily
> consumer-available hardware with open-source friendly SoCs. (Maybe a Xilinx
> Zynq-based router funded through Kickstarter? =)
> This is all pretty new stuff, perhaps some more performance can be gleaned
> by tuning the compiler optimizations (-march=74Kc?), and perhaps the
> AR8327N switch chip could use someone poking about its driver (the rtl8366s
> in the WNDR3800 _has_ been around a while). Although, in all honesty, the
> omission of that second ethernet port could just be a coffin nail.
> Helpfully, the WNDR4300 has 128MB of NAND flash, as does the WNDR3700v4. So
> compiling a full CeroWRT distribution shouldn't be a problem. The fixeth
> script will need to be changed, but not much else.
> Lance
> PS: I apologize if this post doesn't show up where it should. I joined the
> list to respond to this email, as such I naturally didn't receive the
> original..
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