Intel blue cave wifi router support? (phicomm k3c)

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2018 3:19    Post subject: Intel blue cave wifi router support? (phicomm k3c) Reply with quote
https://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wireless/wireless-reviews/33190-phicomm-k3c-ac1900-mu-mimo-gigabit-router-reviewed

asus will have a device out shortly as well.

looks good, and price is right. needs ddwrt
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 17:43    Post subject: Reply with quote
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320342

$169 at Newegg right now.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2019 15:28    Post subject: Reply with quote
Are there any plans afoot to support this router?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 20:44    Post subject: Reply with quote
Doubtful.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 22:15    Post subject: Reply with quote
OpenWRT has the K3C A1 listed as a BCM57xx target. Damn thing's got Intel / Lantiq hardware per that article. That makes a whole lotta sense.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 28, 2019 16:00    Post subject: Reply with quote
So what is it about the K3C that makes it so no one wants to deal with it? There's a guy at OpenWRT who made some progress but there seems to be a wall they run into regarding a lack of source code distribution...?
I unfortunately purchased two of these things last year and what I thought was an excellent price, unfortunately I haven't managed to get them to work consistently for over 24 hours.
It just starts dropping connection every 5 minutes once it's been plugged in for a while...
So now I have 2 plastic bricks collecting dust I wish I could use.
I believe they can be used as APs at the very east but I'm too much of a novice to really know how to set that up.
https://forum.openwrt.org/t/phicomm-k3c-router/9864
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2020 18:21    Post subject: Reply with quote
Would it be possible to use firmware for the Asus Blue Cave on a Phicomm K3C...?

https://deviwiki.com/wiki/Phicomm_K3C
https://deviwiki.com/wiki/ASUS_Blue_Cave
https://www.asus.com/us/Networking/Blue-Cave/HelpDesk_Download/
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2020 17:18    Post subject: Reply with quote
You're not going to find support for this router because it's a unicorn in terms of the chipsets being used in it. Intel based, so there aren't any open source drivers and code available to port it over.

Ebay time, sell both and buy a Netgear R7800.

You got hosed, genuinely sorry for that. Sometimes you have to get schooled by the hard knocks to learn about things in life... it sucks when you pay twice.

Now you know about DD-WRT and will know to look for routers that are supported to fix the craptastic support these router mfg's have...Remember, their goal is profit, so to sell you something new every few years... they have no incentive to make shit work right.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2020 17:43    Post subject: Reply with quote
It's very proprietary, and unfortunately, the only firmware that even halfway supports it is the OpenWRT community builds you linked. http://k3c.paldier.com/openwrt/ <-- last one is over a year old. I thought I had finally downloaded all the GPL tarballs from Phicomm, but I guess not. Their site will not respond, so that is pretty much a pointer to no such luck.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2020 17:59    Post subject: Reply with quote
and what of my question concerning ASUS's Blue Cave product? Is it likely that the firmware would be compatible?
As for the halfway support of OpenWRT, do you know to what extent the community build would work, if at all?
Lastly, the option to use the router as an AP to communicate to my primary router, how would I go about doing that?
Even though I bought them for like... Half the price they are selling them now, seems like a lot of lost value for something that's just a software problem =\
Of course if I can't use them I'll of course try and get rid of them but feels pretty shitty to be handing off my problem to someone else lol
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2020 18:42    Post subject: Reply with quote
Two options: Do the homework and provide information to the developer, or send a hardware donation:

https://dd-wrt.com/donations/

https://dd-wrt.com/router-detection/

http://en.techinfodepot.shoutwiki.com/wiki/ASUS_Blue_Cave

https://wikidevi.wi-cat.ru/ASUS_Blue_Cave

Outside of that, we can beat around this all we want, the only result will be a padlock on this thread unless a donation or the proper homework is done. BrainSlayer perfers a device in hand so he can test prior to releasing official support.

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