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October 31st, 2010 subogero

To cut a long story short, the number of Linux kernels running at home has increased. Again.

This time it’s a TP-Link WR1043ND router managing my new internet connection. And check this: the package came with a copy of the GNU General Public License. We live in a beautiful world!

The first thing I did was to overwrite the factory firmware with OpenWrt. It’s a fantastic thing. At the moment of writing, I’m running the following services on it:

  • USB hard disk with some ext3 partitions attached (big)
  • My own git-hub
  • A home file-server using Samba
  • Transmission bit-torrent client
  • It even has its own domain name

Git was a bit tricky, as it’s big, so it’s installed into /opt, mounted from the USB HDD.

I have a theory, that the real solution to increasing the capacity of such routers is not extroot, not /opt, but mounting a partition to /usr.

But I have not tried it. Yet.

  1. Angie
    November 22nd, 2011 at 03:51 | #1

    Could you write a guide on how to add the ‘transmission’ module to openwrt on this router?

  2. November 23rd, 2011 at 00:21 | #2

    I could, but I would not.
    Instead see the official docs here:

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