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SubjectRe: APs from the Kernel Summit run Linux
On Tue, Aug 30, 2005 at 07:49:05PM +0400, Michael Tokarev wrote:
> Vojtech Pavlik wrote:
> > Hi!
> >
> > The D-Link DWL-G730AP devices from the Kernel Summit run Linux, And it's
> > likely a GPL violation, too, since sources are nowhere to be found.
> >
> > They're based on a Marvell Libertas AP-32 (ARM9) design, similar
> > to the ASUS WL-530g. A bootlog from the ASUS (which has telnet enabled
> > for some reason, and thus can be logged in) is at the end of the mail.
> >
> > A firmware image is available from D-Link ([URL removed]) and it seems
> > to be composed of compressed blocks padded by zeroes. I haven't verified
> > yet that it's indeed a compressed kernel, cramfs, etc, but it seems
> > quite likely.
> Why [URL removed] ? ;)

See the comment at the end of the mail. I tried to send the mail twice
already, and with the URLs in, it wasn't delivered. Probably some spam
filter at ate it.

> There's an ongoing project to "bring some power" into other D-Link
> devices (from DSL series; one of them, DSL-G604T (which I own) has
> an access point too) at . This stuff is
> also based on the same design, it seems (but I know right to nothing
> about all this arm stuff - wasn't even able to compile a cross-gcc
> for it yet). McMCC (the author of this whole work) figured out the
> layout of the firmware images and mtd devices, and got D-Link stuff
> (out of ) to build and
> run on those boards...

These seem to have an entirely different architecture. The DSL's are
Texas Instrument MIPS, while the Libertas is an Marvell ARM.

> BTW, DSL series has telnet by default (user root, password is the
> one set in the admin interface, default is 'admin'). And the whole
> webinterface looks very similar (but this DWL-G730AP device has some
> "advanced" controls for the wireless component which are absent in
> my DSL-G604T).

The web interface is likely the only part done by D-Link. In the
DWL-G730AP, the rest (board design, etc) was done by Marvell and Global
Sun Technology. The PCB name is "WL AP 2454 NM1 VER:1.1".

Vojtech Pavlik
SuSE Labs, SuSE CR
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