[ILUG] OpenWRT or DD-WRT
Niall O Broin
niall at linux.ie
Mon Aug 25 07:03:46 IST 2008
On 24 Aug 2008, at 23:26, paul at clubi.ie wrote:
> On Sun, 24 Aug 2008, Niall O Broin wrote:
>> want with the hardware. But in fact, all I really want is an AP
>> with slightly more configurability and it seems that DD-WRT will
>> give me that out of the box, without my having to decide whether or
>> not I want (or need) the X-Wrt web interface.
> Well, that's a pretty easy decision for most people.. ;)
Yes, of course, but it's a decision nonetheless, and it seems not the
only one I'd have to make before I'd install OpenWRT.
> One of the nice things about OpenWRT is that it has a package
> system, you can always 'ipkg update; ipkg install ...' after the
> fact (e.g. tcpdump can be pretty useful, though its a large package).
> I can't imagine why you wouldn't want OpenWRT:
> - very nice web-frontend, with fancy SVG, real-time graphs of CPU,
> network interface usage, etc..
> - but you can leave it out if you'd prefer the extra room to
> install utilities to
> - also easy to use from command-line (nice config system)
> - easy upgrades (kamikaze+)
> - actually advancing the state of open-source, embedded routers,
> rather than leeching..
> And yes, it's very configurable, if you want. I don't see how this
> turns into a minus-point though..
It turns into a minus point because very configurable usually ==
taking more time and effort to do what you want, iff what you want can
be provided by a less configurable solution. This argument is of
course had repeatedly in the OSS world, most notably I suppose in the
KDE v Gnome arena (where I come down on the side of KDE, not least
because it's more configurable than Gnome) but as you said
> But whatever floats your boat ;)
and in this case I think I will go with DD-WRT because this
installation is not for me, and its only objective is to provide an AP
which is more stable than the current one, and the ability to crank up
the power output somewhat may also be useful. However, I'd like to
play with OpenWRT too and I'm sorely tempted to buy a second one for
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