Maker Faire

Convert a $60 Wireless to a $600 wireless router

Type: Maker Table/Exhibit
Program Area: Science

All Day Saturday and Sunday

Location: To be determined

Take a common $60 Linksys WRT54G router and make it into a $600 router with a free hack. Out of the box, a Linksys router supports the basic things consumers might want to do. Makers always want more. That's where the hack comes in. Download one of the freely available linux firmware distros from http://www.linksysinfo.org/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=35

Step 2, reflash your WRT54G router.

Step 3, reboot, cross your fingers, and then enjoy.

Once reflashed, the newly improved WRT54G is a powerful box, capable of supporting many interesting projects:
* build a wireless neighborhood
* make your own solar powered hotspot
* setup your own cafe HotSpot with a captive portal
* throttle down your kids' bandwidth for GNUTELLA filesharing
* Keep intruders off your connection
* Manage bandwidth QoS for larger networks of users
* Create DMZs, VLANs, and other interesting network topologies
* Crank up that antenna strength!

BRING: A Linksys WRT54G or one of the variants and I'll show you how to reflash it. Buy one online at Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00007KDVI/redtap-20?creative=329585&camp=14573&adid=10S1GV65EHS7XN6A2PZJ&link_code=as1) or at any consumer electronics store.

The exhibit is provided by United Digital Villages Development Society, a non-profit with the mission of eradicating The Digital Divide.


Related site: http://www.undivideslabs.org http://www.undivides.org

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David J. Kordsmeier is the Executive Director of the United Digital Villages Development Society, a non-profit with the mission of bridging the Digital Divide by creating economic incentives for the technologically disenfranchised to participate in the Information Age.