Posted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 2:13 Post subject: ZyXEL NBG419N - potential for DD-WRT
I just picked up a ZyXEL NBG419N. They are $29.99 from buy.com. It seems a good candidate for DD-WRT since it's very similar to the Buffalo WHR-G300N, it may even run the WHR-G300N's DD-WRT as-is since all internal chips seem identical. However, its stock firmware seems very good with AP client and repeater features.
Other nice features:
- RP-SMA connectors for both external antennas.
- Easy to disassemble, housing held together with only 2 Phillips screws, no snaps or clips.
- 4-pin serial header pre-installed.
- Small heatsink on CPU.
- Solder pads for JTAG (no header). _________________ Shawn
Internals look identical to the FCC ID link I posted above (click the FCC ID, then go to Internal Photos).
Unfortunately, I'm probably not keeping this router (poor range) so I don't want to modify it for JTAG. _________________ Shawn
I'm curious if WHR-G300N's DD-WRT can work in it. It looks like every single chip is the same between the two. Maybe if I can boost Xmit power beyond defaults, it can improve the range. I would just be worried about being able to go back to stock if necessary.
I have one, but it doesn't yield its secrets very willingly. I can see what I think is a flash chip on top, then there's a chip with some sort of plate glued on, and two shielded boxes. There are what I think are two RAM chips at the bottom.
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Posted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 10:31 Post subject:
Well in the first line of the firmware file it says Linux Kernel Image so it's running embedded Linux of some sort. _________________
6 X WRT54G-TM
1 X WRT54G V1.0
1 X WRT54G V2.2
1 X WRT54G V5.0
2 X WRT54GS V1.0
2 X WRT54GS V1.1
1 X WRT54GS V2.0
1 X WRT160NL v1.0
1 X WRT320N
2 X WRT350N
1 X WRT600N v1.0
2 X WRT610N v1.0
1 X E1500
I also just purchased this router from Buy.com for $30 shipped. I'm planning to use it as an access point (keep my current router for DHCP and all that other stuff), but would love to replace the whole thing completely with this router and dd-wrt.
Does the dd-wrt team need any specs/photos pulled from the router? I'll be getting it next week and I can take it apart and do other sorts of hackery to it, if need be.