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.
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.