• Routers, Routers, Everywhere!

    Part 1

    Thanks to an open box mix-up at Best Buy some years back, I have a Linksys BEFSR81 v2 router. When trying to find firmware for it, it turns out that it doesn’t exist on Linksys’ US website.

    v1 exists.
    v3 exists.

    Turns out v2 was only released in Europe (citation needed). After hunting through teh Intartubes, I managed to find the product page that had specs and even (gasp) UPDATED FIRMWARE.

    So, as is the case with most of my posts, here is the link to the site, and a mirror of the latest firmware. Do not use this. Evar. I’m not responsible. This is for my use.

    Part 2

    First – the players in the game:

    1. Linksys WRT54GL v1.1
    2. DD-WRT

    After having successfully installed DD-WRT on a WRT54G a couple of years ago, I absolutely LOVED the interface and the amount of control that it gave me in reference to my network and my Internet connection. Multiple torrents streaming, newsgroups chugging away, and browsing sessions were happily co-existing on a single cable modem…then DSL connection.

    Having invested in a WRT54GL router (which is actually built for this kind of thing) I now have the opportunity to plug in an advanced version of the software and brick the hardware have my network running the way I like.

    Because the DD-WRT website is a rats nest of documentation and model information and whatnot, the relevant pages I found for reference are thus:

    I’m living dangerously.

  • Lego-ized WRT54GL router.

    idle.slashdot.org posted a link to a pretty detailed page on a Linksys WRT54GL case replacement, made out of Lego bricks.
    Lego WRT54GLhttp://tfvlrue.wordpress.com/2010/01/08/lego-router-wrt54gl/

  • Juno -> Gmail … wish me luck.

    After being on Juno for years, my parents have allowed themselves to be convinced to go to a web-based email. Gmail offers the size (7390.791141 MB as of this post) for their email that they would need (mom is a bit of an email packrat), but after using Juno for years, all address book information would have to be entered all over again, and all of her email would be lost.

    On the to-do list – get parents converted from Juno to web-based Gmail. Found this application (source) that will convert the locally stored Juno email database to a usable format, and this file (source) that will upload it to Gmail’s servers. Both applications are a bit on the elderly side… ( more than 3 years ) but if they work, I will be the miracle worker of the year.