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[aprssig] Linking digipeaters

Reuben Wells row at hopgarden.net
Tue Mar 8 00:21:35 UTC 2011


I'm running APRX 2.0 under OpenWrt on a TP-Link TL-WR1043ND which was about £40 (so probably the same in dollars state side). This device has a USB port, wifi and plenty of memory (see http://wiki.openwrt.org/toh/tp-link/tl-wr1043nd?s%5B%5D=tl&s%5B%5D=wr1043nd). I started out with an Ominima board (http://www.omnima.co.uk/store/catalog/Embedded-controller-p-16140.html) which was cheaper (£23), but lacked wireless (and I had some trouble getting a USB stick to work) and it required building OpenWrt from source. The TP-Link TL-WR1043ND just worked with the OpenWrt binary downloads, including wifi suppport.

Reuben / M0RXW

On 7 Mar 2011, at 16:31, John Gorkos wrote:

> I'm going to have to go with Kai on this one:  I think the days of adding 
> functionality to modems via ROM needs to die, quickly and quietly.  There's 
> two peices of functionality you're calling for:  a couple of modems to convert 
> audio back and forth to digial signals, and a real CPU to do the routing.
> A KPC3+ from HRO costs $199 today.  It will give me a one band digipeater that 
> I need to physically burn new ROM into to get additional functionality.  If I 
> want to add a second radio, I'm out at least $199 for a second TNC, plus 
> whatever is going to do the logic between the two bands.
> 
> All of my digis from now on will be Linux embedded computers like this (for 
> $125, or $150 with a nice case and wall-wart)
> http://www.mini-box.com/Alix-3D-Board-2-LAN-1-MINI-PCI-1_2?sc=8&category=1361




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