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This page documents various hardware experiments started 5th of July 2016. Using new types of hardware as home nodes and external antennas and wifi usb sticks.
 
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# Nexx WT3020F - Very cheap home node ($12.50)
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* Cheap: $12.50 shipped
 
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The firmware was flashed via the existing web UI which is available on 192.168.8.1 with user/pass admin/admin.  
 
The firmware was flashed via the existing web UI which is available on 192.168.8.1 with user/pass admin/admin.  
  
# RT5572N - Dual-band single radio USB wifi adapter ($6)
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* Two PCB trace radios
 
* Two PCB trace radios

Revision as of 00:27, 6 July 2016

This page documents various hardware experiments started 5th of July 2016. Using new types of hardware as home nodes and external antennas and wifi usb sticks.

Nexx WT3020F - Very cheap home node ($12.50)

  • Cheap: $12.50 shipped
  • Single band 2.4 GHz
  • Two PCB trace antennas. No plugs, not even internal.
  • Two ethernet interfaces
  • One USB plug for host mode USB
  • Tiny physical form factor
  • USB powered (comes with usb cable but no power adaptor)
  • Not AR71xx (ramips mt7620)

Juul (talk) loaded OpenWRT onto one of these and started a compile of sudowrt for this chipset. OpenWRT seems to work fine.

The firmware was flashed via the existing web UI which is available on 192.168.8.1 with user/pass admin/admin.

RT5572N - Dual-band single radio USB wifi adapter ($6)

  • Two PCB trace radios
  • Two u.fl connectors
  • Does either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz

Juul (talk) tested this on a Nexx WT3020F and it seems to work quite well. Here's how to install the driver:

opkg update  
opkg install kmod-rt2800-lib kmod-rt2800-usb kmod-rt2x00-lib kmod-rt2x00-usb  

Seems to support an arbitrary number of ad-hoc/client/master mode wifi interfaces (tested up to 8).