Archive for September, 2012

Playing around with the TP-LINK TL-WR703N

Posted: September 18, 2012 in Linux
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If you haven’t heard of these little guys they’re great! Packing 400MHz ARM (Atheros AR7240), Ethernet connector, 802.11 b/g/n wlan, USB port, 4MB flash and 32MB RAM into a tiny little housing.

Router Pic

I recently bought one of these routers to play around with for setting up a wifi hotspot for all my devices whilst travelling. As my phone has a micro sim it is not that easy to just buy a sim wherever I am for some pay-as-you go internet. I ordered the device from China (read: e-bay) and it got here quickly enough. Unfortunately the firmware loaded on the router presented me with a web interface in Chinese, with no option to change it. I managed to find the firmware update page and flashed the OpenWrt firmware, which to be honest I would have done pretty quickly anyway. Now I have an open linux based router which is perfectly hackable and perfectly usable for £15. Great! It works really nicely as a companion to a Nexus 7 or any other tab without 3G support and if you can’t tether using your phone for some reason. I haven’t done anything very exciting with it yet but its another great tool added to my toolbox.

Plan for the future

Posted: September 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

Not a huge amount to say for my first post. I am currently waiting for my Raspberry Pi to be delivered and then I will start work on some projects based on that. On top of it becoming my new HTPC I’d love to use it as a communications hub for various different sensors and actuators in my house. I have a few JeeNodes lying around that I plan on using for lighting controllers, temperature sensors and perhaps moisture sensors for some kitchen plants. I am hoping to play around with some hardware from my day job as an Embedded Engineer for Cogent ODM and create a few Android builds as another interface to these devices. This is of course all dependent but hopefully you will see a good mixture of electronics, linux and android posts in the near future.