Home Learn Linux Linux Answers Hardware I need help in selecting a low cost embedded Linux system that can better replace the Linksys WRT54GL that I currently use in teaching
  • Why are you replacing? Do you need more performance? First you need to decide how much performance you need and then you can line up prospective replacements.

    Also you need to decide if you are happy with an "out of the box" solution or if you want something more like a standard computer where you can log in, install software, etc. These days embedded systems are strong enough to serve as multipurpose servers in a small office environment.

    When I asked myself this question I ended up buying a Soekris 5500. It was not the cheapest thing out there but its flexibility meant that I could implement my system as I wanted with no compromises.

    Instead of a direct answer I would say that you should enumerate your requirements in as detailed a manner as possible, when looking over your requirements as a whole, a solution may become obvious.

    Answered by frantaylor
    4 years ago
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  • There're a lot of embedded options around... cheap devices and good processing power as well.
    As Fran already sad it's nice to understand your minimal requirements and what kind of tasks you want to achieve. Are you planning to have another Access Point for some cross compiling stuff and wireless jobs ? Take a look at ASUS (WL500/700/...) or DLink devices. Are you planning to use a real embedded system ? Soekris Engineering cards are fine as well as AXIS or AMD Geode cards. Do you need a quite decent CPU processing power, a small ATX form and a cheap price ? Intel Atom for example.
    What about :
    - Your budget
    - power consumption
    - features needed (I/O, serial/usb ports, disk controllers, audio, ...)
    - preferred CPU (MIPS, ARM, x86, ...) if any
    - preferred cross compiling toolchain or Linux environment (OpenWRT, custom, ...)

    Answered by ben
    4 years ago
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  • If just stricly related to WRT64GL I've recently used Asus WL-500 and microtik devices

    Answered by ben
    4 years ago
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  • I found Mr. Gatliff several years ago. He may be able to help.
    He does training seminars for embeded linux systems.
    Hardware is a part of his seminars. I have found his information informative.
    Sincerely, jas011

    Mr. Gatliff may be reached through his web site at:

    Answered by jas011
    4 years ago
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  • I've had luck with Soekris hardware and they're pretty inexpensive too. Here is a link to their website. Hope this helps.

    Answered by tl1000s77
    4 years ago
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  • Hello Olaide,

    The wrt54gl was a beautiful piece of hardware, I have one here as back-up. When I bought my next router, I wanted it cheap, with Gbit nics, wireless-n, usb-port, and most importantly solid support from OpenWrt. I ended up with TP-Link TL-WR1043ND providing all of that. You can install OpenWrt (or alternative third party firmware) user-friendly through the web-interface. It has a Atheros based wireless with excellent linux support. Compared to wrt54gl it has twice the cpu clock, twice the amount of flash storage and twice the amount of ram, and it costs about the same as a wrt54gl. That's a bargain :) I am sure Soekris is nice, but it is a different price range.

    Good luck!

    Answered by Del_
    4 years ago
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  • This buffalo is compatible and well supported by openwrt.
    Hardware is great. Check it out

    Answered by gettons
    4 years ago
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  • Hi...just take a look of supported devices by dd-wrt, a custom firmware that is a lot more powerful than any stock firmware. If the device can run it, then is a good device!

    Personally I would use TP-Link TL-WR1043ND for SOHO.

    Answered by razor7
    4 years ago
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  • PandaBoard & BeagleBoard do Linux and are under $200 to get started.

    Answered by oso2k
    4 years ago
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  • I use all range of PCEngines ALIX:
    Prices are usually below 150 USD for board
    and below 200 USD for board+case+flash+power supply bundle.

    Personally advise you to use ALIX2D13 board.

    You are free to use DD-WRT or even bigger player - Vyatta on it.
    BTW there is a comprehensive HOWTO about using ALIX and Vyatta together:

    Good luck!

    Answered by CyberLynx
    4 years ago
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  • Hello,
    Thank you everyone for your contributions to my question,they were really helpful
    As adviced I wrote out a detailed list of my requirements. The main points were that;
    I needed an inexpensive device of about the same price as the WRT54GL
    I need to be able to modify & evaluate the firmware (thus more memory, interfaces like USB)
    Availability of user and support groups...
    The Buffalo WZR-HP-G300NH looked good

    *Please, I like to know if anybody has tried getting Xwindows to run on a router like WRT54GL to make it more interactive. I would really appreciate good info.
    Thank you

    Answered by ikpefuran
    4 years ago
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