I am a newbie to OpenWRT. This is my first post so forgive me for my mistakes or missing information (if any)
Alos, I don't know if I have posted this query in the right forum category or not ー The reason for me posting this here is because after my research, I concluded that the only way to achieve my main aim (mentioned below in bold) is by building OpenWRT for my router and flashing it.
But, if anyone knows of any other way (even if that does not include building OpenWRT) to achieve my main aim, your words are more than welcome!
So, here's the story -
I have a ADSL modem+router which is nearly a decade old.
It was provided by my ISP. Here are its details ー
This was simply lying around for the past few years and so I thought I could find some other use for it ー
(Main Aim) ー I would like to use it as a wireless client to connect to another router (that does not have Ethernet support by hardware) and extend its network via the ethernet ports on this router.
(Similar to this - openwrt:org/docs/guide-user/network/wifi/relay_configuration) - please replace :
with . to get to the actual link. Because I am limited to only 2 links/post, I have to do this
So, I telnet-ed into the router and did some basic findings ー
system type : 96338W2
processor : 0
cpu model : BCM6338 V1.0
BogoMIPS : 239.20
wait instruction : no
microsecond timers : yes
tlb_entries : 32
extra interrupt vector : yes
hardware watchpoint : no
unaligned access : 24
VCED exceptions : not available
VCEI exceptions : not available
MemTotal: 13924 kB
MemFree: 860 kB
Buffers: 1580 kB
Cached: 6604 kB
SwapCached: 0 kB
Active: 3748 kB
Inactive: 5720 kB
HighTotal: 0 kB
HighFree: 0 kB
LowTotal: 13924 kB
LowFree: 860 kB
SwapTotal: 0 kB
SwapFree: 0 kB
Dirty: 0 kB
Writeback: 0 kB
Mapped: 3128 kB
Slab: 1012 kB
Committed_AS: 5136 kB
PageTables: 232 kB
VmallocTotal: 1048560 kB
VmallocUsed: 912 kB
VmallocChunk: 1046624 kB
Filesystem 1k-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/mtdblock0 2944 2944 0 100% /
tmpfs 320 144 176 45% /var
tmpfs 16 0 16 0% /mnt
Output is here.
What brought me to OpenWRT in the first place?
After looking at all these, I searched online with the CPU name and landed on this page - wiki:openwrt.org/doc/hardware/soc/soc.broadcom.bcm63xx (please replace :
with . to get to the actual link).
Then, I also read somewhere that it is possible to flash the firmware of another router if they have the same hardware. So, I searched WikiDevi for routers with similar hardware and only 3 results showed up. On checking the OpenWRT supported devices list (TOH), I couldn't find any of the 3 routers that appeared in the above results.
So, I concluded that the only way to achieve my aim is to build OpenWRT on my own. Correct me if I'm wrong.
But when I saw the recommended hardware configuration, I was sad to see that my router does not meet those requirements, so what can I do now?
Truly speaking, I am fine with a router that has minimal or no GUI and am also fine with giving up certain features of OpenWRT which I don't need (as long as my main aim above is satisfied).
Also, if there is some other build that is already built by someone and will work on this router, please suggest me about it. Thank you.