Question on Cisco Aironet 1042/1142 APs

Hi there,

recently started using OpenWRT on several devices to provide wireless coverage for my home. Very impressed and satisfied so far. Always was worried about my wireless security and up-to-date device firmware in the past. :grinning:

Did some searches in the mailing-list archives and on the forums. Wondering if someone tried or thought about porting OpenWRT to the 1040/1140 series of Cisco Aironet access points.

They are pretty cheap to obtain since they are end of support, are pretty sturdy, have fairly good hardware specs (considering AP-only use) and a dedicated console port.
I saw that earlier OpenWRT versions had support for some powerpc processors, maybe this is an option to work on?

I have a few of those devices and would donate an AIR-LAP1042N-E-K9 and AIR-LAP1142N-E-K9 each to interested developers.

AFAIK both devices have the same memory (64MB) and flash (32MB), but differ on the CPU (3xx and 5xx mhz)

Here is some output generated from the cli:

# show version
(....)

cisco AIR-AP1042N-E-K9 (PowerPC405ex) processor (revision A0) with 98294K/32768K bytes of memory.
Processor board ID **************
PowerPC405ex CPU at 333Mhz, revision number 0x147E
Last reset from reload
1 Gigabit Ethernet interface
2 802.11 Radios

32K bytes of flash-simulated non-volatile configuration memory.
Base ethernet MAC Address: D8:67:D9:12:34:56
Part Number                          : 73-14034-05
PCB Serial Number                    : ***************
Top Assembly Part Number             : 800-34285-04
Top Assembly Serial Number           : **************
Top Revision Number                  : A0
Product/Model Number                 : AIR-LAP1042N-E-K9
#show memory
                Head    Total(b)     Used(b)     Free(b)   Lowest(b)  Largest(b)
Processor    2297004    64382972    48381244    16001728    15483276    15434940
      I/O    6000000    32505856    28031892     4473964     2949556     2949552
      I/O    7F00000     1048576       23040     1025536     1000556     1000488

#show flash:

Directory of flash:/

    2  -rwx         318   Nov 1 2018 19:17:04 +02:00  test.txt
    3  -rwx        2072   Nov 4 2019 19:32:23 +01:00  private-multiple-fs
    4  drwx           0   Mar 1 2002 01:12:53 +01:00  configs
	(....)

32126976 bytes total (12992000 bytes free)

Let me know if there is interest in the hardware donations.

Best Regards

I know this topic is old but I am just not seeing this.

I have 5 or 6 of these I'd love to experiment with.

How would I go about flashing OpenWRT to one or two of these?