[clug] Off topic: recommendations for a reliable wireless router?

Hal Ashburner hal at ashburner.info
Fri May 24 20:49:33 MDT 2013

All brilliant info. Thanks Scott!
The TL-WR703N looks pretty great! /me fights the urge to order more routers
Scratch dd-wrt from the list of firmwares one might like to try.

On 25 May 2013 11:06, Scott Ferguson <scott.ferguson.clug at gmail.com> wrote:

> TP-Link are about the best value, bang for buck. Possibly the TL-WR703N,
> which will do what you've specified and more (USB, Wireless, Bluetooth,
> support for 3G USB Modems). Add a cheap USB2.0 hub, a small USB Flash
> key, and you can build most anything. Lot's of well documented hardware
> hacks for it. Under $30 shipped from China as a single unit.
> Not supported by DebianWRT last time I checked, but well supported by
> OpenWRT.
> DDW-WRT is, um, somewhat contentious (and almost identical in pedigree,
> behaviour, and leg action to a dog called Sveasoft). Some to the claims
> which appear to be substantiated:-
> DDWRT is *not* Open Source - despite the claims of "Brain Slayer (James
> Ewing/Sebastian Gottschall)" it is based on Open Source kernel work and
> breaches the license of the original developers. DD-WRT is built on
> Sveasoft, which was built on OpenWRT.
> DD-WRT (Sebastian) then stole (forked in breach of license) from the
> Sveasoft Alchemy code (the web interface) - given that DDWRT claimed to
> be GPL code, that would make those changes Open Source as well - but not
> according to Sebastian (see
> http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Development where he claims his
> "branding rights" exceed the rights of the people whose code he stole).
> DD-WRT do *not* make the source code to their GPL project fully
> available one day (you know, with comments and such).
> Broadcom, Microsoft and other license holders found code in their
> repository (since removed in one of BrainSlayers great purges)
> eg.
> http://svn.dd-wrt.com:8000/dd-wrt/browser/src/shared/nvram/nvram_ro.c
> now deleted from the repository included this:-
> "This is UNPUBLISHED PROPRIETARY SOURCE CODE of Broadcom Corporation;
> the contents of this file may not be disclosed to third parties, copied
> or duplicated in any form, in whole or in part, without the prior
> written permission of Broadcom Corporation."
> The standard DD-WRT license:-
>     We grant the customer the simple, not sole and only in accordance
> with Item 10 transferable, valuable right to use the programme in the
> scope of and in conjunction with the associated hardware.
>     The user is only authorized to reproduce insofar as this is
> necessary for conventionary use. He is permitted to create a backup
> copy. Use of the product exceeding own personal use is forbidden, in
> particular the copying of the product onto further storage mediums or
> the duplication of any kind for external use.
>     Reverse engineering, decompiling and disassembly of the software are
> not permitted beyond the tight limitations of the Copyright Act.
> Which is a rather liberal GPL license compared to their "special" GPL
> licensed product:-
> http://www.dd-wrt.com/shop/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=31
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