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Linux WiFi specialist offers free WRT54G firmware

Sep 15, 2005 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 7 views

Linux WiFi specialist Sputnik is shipping uClinux-based firmware for LinkSys routers free-of-charge. The firmware allows WRT54-G and -GS models to be deployed in wireless networks managed by Sputnik's “carrier class” software and services.

Sputnik launched it's original AP 120 and companion Control Center software in October of 2003, following up later with additional access point models, including the AP 160 and AP 220. Sputnik's access points are based on commodity hardware, and the company has long planned to offer its “Sputnik Agent” firmware for popular access points.

Sputnik's central management software for WISPs (wireless Internet service providers) supports various third-party access points, but with some loss of features, especially those related to reporting. The company says that WRT54G's flashed with its firmware will provide the following Sputnik-managed wireless features when used with the company's Control Center software:

  • AP self-configuration after being plugged into the 'Net
  • Remote web-based management, including changing channels, SSID, and reflashing
  • Custom captive portal or walled gardens can be assigned to APs individually or as a group
  • Usage tracking
  • Support for free, pre-paid card, and RADIUS-based billing systems
  • Scaleable

Sputnik says its Control Center software implements a “secure web-based interface” to entire wireless networks, providing capabilities such as enforcing authentication and tracking usage across all managed access points. The product is priced at $299 for a single access point, with discounts available for multiple access points.

The company says it will continue to market its own branded access point devices.

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