Pureh@tes newest creation
Here is my newest creation. I call it "EvilAP". I started this project initially because we needed wifi in a building at work that didn't have any cat5 wiring and the run was over 100 ft. It started with a linksys wrt54g v5. The firmware on this one did not allow for much " modding" so I embarked on a firmware upgrade quest. I found out that the v5 has half the memory of the earlier versions and does not take aftermarket firmware well. Thanks to a thread on here though I found there was a way to flash it with dd-wrt firmware. Instead of being a onestep process like normal I actually had to flash it 4 times with different firmware to get to the build of dd-wrt I wanted which was v24. I was only interested in the wireless repeater mode at this point.
Now in the proccess of doing this I tried to mod the antennas and ended up breaking of one of the tnc connectors on the unit. At this point at work my boss said "hey just order the damn stuff new and quit messing around". So I ordered a coople routers and rootenna's (thanks streaker69) for work. Well at this point I was into my project so I pursued a personal one at the same time. I ordered my own linksys wrt54gL which is the newest linux running version. It is a simple one time flash to gat the newest v 24 firmware from dd-wrt. Thats what I did at my work and connected two rootennas and its been working great since.
Now for my project I did some research on the dd-wrt forums and came across a script which can be placed in the routers memeorey itself and set to run at startup when the router is pluged in. If your interested you can read about all the stuff the script can be set to do here. Anyway the main thing it does is auto connect to the AP with the strongest signal and rebroadcasts it. Just a side note , the reason this is not a step by step tutorial is because there is way to much potential for abuse. If you can figure it out like I did then so be it.
The script can also be set up with a list of wep keys or wpa phrases with which it will try on each AP. This is a interesting set up for me because as many people know I am in live sound. Normally when our tour goes to a venue they provide wireless internet as its on my ryder always. Sometimes its to far and with this set up I can boost the signal considerably.
The potential for abuse here is that if I lived in a apartment complex I could set this to cycle every 20 mins and auto connect to the strongest AP and I could even enter keys that I had cracked. Pretty nasty HUH. The Ap also runs off a different subnet as the main AP its connected too so that on the main AP network there is only one new thing connected no matter how many machines I have connected to my AP.
The next order of businesses was to get some 9 db replacement antennas for "EvilAP" in order to boost the range. I also jacked up the xmit power from the default of 24 to 100. The max is 251 but I could not find any posts from any one that was clocking over 100 so I did not go over that.
The last thing I did was used the old wrt54g v5 that I started the project with ( and broke the tnc lead, remember) and turned of dhcp and glued and linked it to the new router. This was also something for work but I tried it at home first. So instead of tossing the old router (which was crappy any way) I turned it into a few more ports. So now there are 6 ports instead of four.
I will be doing some more advanced stuff to the router soon like running a sniffer inside or airsnarf or something but for now this is what I got. A super highgain dd-wrt wireless repeater. I hope this was of interest to someone.
PS-I looked into buying a cisco product of the same calliber and the price would have been 600 -1000 dollars US.
PSS-If any one has any cool ideas for this type of thing i'd love to hear it.
Here are some pics
Back of router
Front of router
Close up back