Posted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 8:28 Post subject: Encore ENHWI-G3: is it compatible? (Atheros 2317, 64mb ram)
I believe I am posting this on the right place, but if I am not, I would like if a admin could move my topic to the right place.
I have a wireless router named Encore ENHWI-G3. As usual, 4 LAN + 1 WAN, 802.11b/g, setup via browser, etc. I looked for Encore on compatibility list, but surprisingly found absolutely no Encore model on compatibility list, neither on black list. I found (few) people asking about other encore routers, but models different from mine, and provinding very little information about them. So, here I am, to provide some specific information on this router.
Oh, sorry, I didn't got the bit/byte detail. Thanks for pointing that out. Anyway, I thought the 8mb ram won't be a problem, as devices like WL520G (Broadcom5350), Belkin F5D7130 series (Broadcom4710) and others have only 8mb ram and are supported.
The bin file to the manufacturer's firmware update is sized 1mb, but I don't know if it "inflates" after being uploaded to the router. If it doesn't inflate, then probably the router flash ram is only 1mb, and it would make him fit the incompatibility criteria "it has <4MB flash and is Atheros or Ralink chipset based". :(
Is there anyway I can modify my hardware to make it compatible? Like changing the RAM chip, etc. (as long as I haven't seen any flash rom chip on the board, I can't say the flash capacity for sure, and I believe the flash mem isn't physically extendable/modifyable, as it is probably built into the Atheros chipset.)
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Posted: Sat Sep 05, 2009 6:39 Post subject:
Atheros Devices - for DD-WRT - have a minimum requirement:
4 MB Flash
16 MB Ram
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Thanks for posting, DoesItMatter. I understand these limitations, but:
1 - I don't know how much flash is there on my router, since there isn't an external chip and I didn't found a clear specification about that on Atheros website. What I do know: the 'firmware.bin' is sized 1mb, but I have no idea if it inflates after being uploaded.
2 - I have some defective HDs lying around, and I think I could take a 16mb ram buffer from one of them and replace the 8mb ram on my router, but I don't even know if the Atheros chip would be able to read a ram memory bigger than 8mb.
You may say it is easier to buy a new router, but I'm considering doing this for the "i-tweaked-this-thing" pleasure. But I don't even know if the effort would be worth it, as a specific compilation of dd-wrt may be necessary.
Edit: taking a more careful look at the fcc test report (page 6), I found some equivalent models from other brands:
Well, so it seems to be almost impossible to run anything but the original firmware in my cheap old router. Maybe on the vacations, with enough time, I may get the source codes and compile a specific ultra micro version for Atheros all-in-one chipset.
For now, I may have a little fun buying a new router capable of running dd-wrt at stock settings. I will check the compatibility list.
DoesItMatter and Sash, thanks for the help provided.