Using multiple power-consuming devices in USB hub modded router will exceed limited power of built-in 5V rail of TL-WR1043ND router. In my case connecting both 3G modem and external HDD to led to power drops and root filesystem disconnections. Keeping router self-sufficient I managed to built additional 5V power regulator into the tiny case of router, making mobile internet as backup line for home network. 3G modem and extra switching power… Continue reading
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When I read about hardware modifications of unextendable home-targetted routers, I thought, nerds! On the other hand, doubling RAM memory size for pennies, is attractive perspective for anyone, who plans switch firmware to embedded linux and host services far beyond than typical network functionality. At that time I already had cheap amateur PT-936 soldering station, just for simple repairs. To replace memory chip however, SMT element must be… Continue reading
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Encouraged by successful RAM modification I started consider extension of USB ports number in TP-Link device. Originally it contains only one USB2.0 port and if you are using extroot (file system on external storage), you effectively have no free USB port. I was thinking about print server to share USB printer at home (printers with network cards are more expensive). I planned to have external HDD permanently attached to router case and I did… Continue reading
Can you imagine that blog you read is running on tiny router box, size of average book, consuming only 8 watt of energy per hour? Next to advanced network management tasks, the same box is NAS, source code reporitory storage, MySQL database server, printer server, download manager and many others? At the same time it does not get hot and does not make any sound? Pretty interesting, isn’t it? How did I manage to make this happen? Couple… Continue reading