Friday May 18th 2007 Update: As of late i havent bothered to update the firmware because it was stable. However, i read a post on the forums and it said that the new latest firmware increase signal quality.
My personal Signal Quality results Updated:
I was running Firmware 4-25-07 45-48%
Currently running Firmware 5-16-07 70-73%
That is a tremendous increase in Signal quality and strength! Best update I’ve done in a while thanks BS
April 09, 2007 Update: La Fonera Firmware Version: 0.7.1 r3 is out. A friend that ordered a La Fonera came over with his and it came stock with firmware 0.7.1.3 or 0.7.1 r3 however you want to look at it. Lucky for me that i got SSH working on it. Below is a screen shot. The Kolofonium hack still works on this firmware.
Improvements: for 0.7.1.3 are
[Web Interface] New input chars accepted: added new chars as valid for some specific PPPoE usernames.
[Time system] Improved network time server selection.
[Bandwidth sharing] Upload limitation error fixed.
[Web Interface] Fixed Asian languages. Korean, Traditional Chinese and Japanese should work fine now.
[Web Interface] Fixed port forwarding page. It will not fail anymore when trying to delete rules if the set is empty. bbbbbbb
April 07, 2007 Update: I recently received another La Fonera and this time i used the Kolofonium Hack. I have made a quick tutorial that probably will help some people and as i experiment more i will update it. How i used the Kolofonium Hack to install DD-WRT
Hey guys, for those who have been here before let me start by saying thanks for coming back. As for new people it’s come to my attention that a lot of people have similar setups and/or questions. So when i get back i will be redoing a lot of the info here to make it more of a FAQ with Setups and pictures.
For example many people are wondering why i have 2 tutorials. One that describes client and the other client bridge mode. Let me start with saying that client bridge mode did not work with DD-WRT firmware prior to 03/23/07 but client mode did. Thus, that is why i wrote two separate tutorials.
Client bridge: The Fonera connects wirelessly to another AP. Foneras Ethernet port is used to connect a PC, X-Box, laptop or another networking device. The Fonera wont act like a router at all in this mode, but as a bridge. All routing and ie DHCP offers are handled by the main AP/router. So PCs connected to the main router and PC connected to the Fonera will be in what is called same subnet (same IP addressing scheme) and therefore nothing is in their way of communicating. Filesharing will work as normal. Consider the Fonera ion this mode as simply as a transparent unit, a ordinary switch but with a added antenna for WLAN.
Another way of describing the Fonera in this mode is a “wireless adapter” for a PC or laptop that doesn’t have it, only Ethernet card.
This mode is mainly used for X-Boxes, to give them wireless access to the home network, or for stand alone PCs to integrate them without wireless cards into the wired network (by way of fonera wirelessly) if the PC maybe is unwanted to be wired because of its location.
Client mode: Exactly as above mentioned client bridge mode, ONLY difference is that now in this mode the Fonera will be a router and maintain its own network. It will hand out DHCP and so on. This means PCs connected to the main AP/router and PC connected to the Fonera wont be able to see each other in Windows network neighborhood, and they will have different IP addressing schemas. The Fonera PC will still though have completely free access to the wired routers PCs, but they in turn will not because client mode also as standard involves NAT protection. The Fonera hides its PC/PCs.
FON is celebrating its first anniversary by giving away free La Fonera WiFi routers with no taxes and FREE shipping. The Free Fons are still being given away. To get a Free La Fonera go here. Hacking the La Fonera seems to never have been easier. The La Fonera hack enables you to install DD-WRT on the La Fonera to enable features such as wireless repeater. The Fonera as a wireless client is what i will be attempting and should give those interested a proper tutorial.
My objective: To have my original Xbox hooked to a Network Wirelessly. I’m currently running the Xbox with a crossover cable to my second Ethernet port on my PC and set the computer as a bridged connection. This enabled my computer to act as a gateway and enable Internet access to the Xbox. The limitation is that my PC and the Xbox have to be in the same room.
Current Setup Diagram:Where my PC was connected wirelessly to the D-Link router via a PCI ethernet card. The Xbox was then connected via crossover cable to my ethernet port. A bridge was then created with the PCI Card and the Ethernet Port containing the crossover cable.
I will write a short how-to on my old setup. The old setup is very simple. First set your xbox dashboard to DHCP. Then in your Network Connections highlight the ethernet card that currently has internet and the second ethernet card that has a crossover cable connected. Selecting both icon, right click and “add to bridge”. Reboot your xbox and you should have internet. If you set the second ethernet cards ip manually and then add the bridge client the SMB share does not find the Workgroup you are connected to. If you wish to access the share from the xbox you must manually enter the IP of the share.
However it has been my goal to add the Xbox to the network by a wireless solution. However i did not want to buy a expensive Xbox Ethernet card to do this. Specifically the $99 dollar Microsoft’s MN-740 Xbox Wireless Adapter.
*Update i managed to install DD-WRT on the LaFonera and there are some positives and negatives that go along with this. First the negative part is the router is very very slow because the La Fon has minimal memory. Second, it works!My new task is to figure out how to achieve it as a wireless client.My La fon hack will be documented in full.
*Update After successfully installing DD-WRT on the La Fonera i managed to setup the router in Client mode and achieve what i set out to do.
New Most Current Setup Diagram: The La Fonera is connected via client mode to my D-Link router. This setup does present some problems if you try to access other computers on the network. Because this setup requires that the La Fonera is on its own subnet and not on the subnet where other PCs may be located.
This Setup can also be achieved where instead of hooking the La Fonera up to your Xbox you can use it as a Client for your PC.
The above setting can be accomplished by reading my short tutorial to getting Client Mode Setup Working on the La Fonera.
An alternative Setup that someone may like to have is to setup a Virtual Access Point or VAP while the La Fonera is in Client Mode. This Setup can be achieved by adding a Virtual Interface & SSID to your DD-WRT settings. The diagram of what this would look like is provided below. This is to give you a better idea of how this would look on your network.
This setup is great if you plan to use your La Fonera as a Client on your network but you may occasionally have friends who come over and want Internet access. This setup allows the La Fonera to act as a AP while in client mode and thus gives off a SSID.
*Update Since 03/23/07 firmware was released Client Bridge Mode is successfully working. I have fully tested this setup and provided a working tutorial to making it work for you. The advantage to this setup for me was the fact that now my La Fonera can join the same subnet as my Main router and files on the network can be accessed without problems.
Let me know what you think? Suggestions ? Errors? And yes this router will work on Vista. Be sure to leave comments.Firmware used was the latest Beta Build 03/10/07 for Client Mode
Firmware used was the latest Beta Build 03/23/07 for Client Bridge Mode
*Note that the updated 03/23/07 should work for just client mode as well as client bridge mode.
If you would like to latest La Fonera Firmware Builds you can download them at:
Ive been testing the Network Speeds ive been able to obtain with the La Fonera in Client Bridge Mode and will soon have a write up.
The La Fonera Supports 54 Mbps
(which is about 6,912 KB/s kilobytes/sec or 6.75 MB/s megabytes/s )
My D-Link 624 Supports 108 Mbps
(which is about 13,824 KB/s kilobytes/sec or 13.5 MB/s megabytes/s )
My La Fonera sustains a connection / signal strength of about 30-35%
Updated: April 26th 2007 New Speed Measurments