Cisco Aironet 2700 firmware

I am new to using OpenWRT and really want to experiment with it. I have a Cisco air-2702i-a-k9. A Cisco Aironet 2700 series.

I cannot find anything for this model expect for setting it to Autonomously mode.

Is there any hope for these thing, if not I will just do that Autonomously mode.

Thanks!

PS - If I am in the wrong place to ask this, let me know where I should post this and I will do it there.

Have a great day!

boot an x86 image of an usb flash drive.

AFAIK it's not supported.

Is it possible to request this model be available? Is there anything I can do or upload to help with that?

Identify the chipset that it uses. There may be clues to this in the serial output as it boots the stock firmware, or you can take it apart and look at the chip labels.

As far as I know there is no Cisco AP that can run OpenWrt. They tend to use Broadcom or Marvell chipsets that are unsupportable.

I will take it apart later tonight and see what chipsets it has. I do have access to connect via the serial and plan to set one of them to Autonomous and try and get the other one with something not Cisco. What chipset should I be looking for? Anything not Broadcom or Marvell?

You can 'request' whatever you like, including pink elephants, but what would you expect to happen based on the request?

Chances that anyone would go out, based on your request, and buy this device with their own money, just to take it apart and spend somewhere between a long rainy weekend up to weeks and months (if possible at all, based on the hardware, which is unknown until it lands on the desk of a prospective developer who tries to work on it) are slim to none; either you do the development yourself and submit the changes to be merged into OpenWrt or (realistically) no one will, and chances that anyone wold be willing to spend lots of time on 802.11n devices in 2023 are even lower. "Requests" will just be filed in /dev/null.

Beyond these fundamentals that are valid for any device, the big enterprise vendors (Cisco, Fortigate, HPE/ Aruba, etc.) tend to be 'special', ranging from in-house components (accelerators and similar) without drivers and active attempts to lock down their devices. As a result, chances to get them running OpenWrt at all are lower (and if possible, usually involve serial console access for flashing) than with a more common/ cheaper consumer devices, which just follows the chipset manufacturer's reference design with few cosmetic tweaks.

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That is sort of what I was expecting to find based on my research. I could not find anything on this model so I thought I would inquire. There could be a 1% chance that it is in the works or something. If that 1% was happening then I that would be awesome.

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The blurry FCC images suggest some kind of Marvell wireless (and no indication about the SOC), which wouldn't be great news either.

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Sooooo they are:

88W8764C-BHD2 MARVELL BGA-300D Processors / Microcontrollers

And

8W8864C-BH KFQPT 4JW (T or 1)424 B2P (TW??) This chip is really worn out.

None the less they are Marvell so nothing I can do. Now I know for sure.

Thank you everyone.

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So a mixture of mwl8k (2.4 GHz) and mwlwifi (5 GHz), possible, but (see the wrt1200ac/wrt1900ac(s)/wrt3200/wrt32x saga and mwlwifi) quite problematic.

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