Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:more than 1 month
A portable router with a fully controllable Linux system in your pocket is a really good idea. The ethernet plug makes a great value addition compared to other wireless-only tethering gadgets.
Even in the mild scandinavian climate I live in, i.e. about +20°C, the router overheats in less than an hour. When this happens it turns itself off & is impossible to turn back on before it has cooled down. What's worse; Although I tried fairly hard & hold an electrical engineering degree, I never got the 3g connection working on the firmware the router was delivered with.
I bought this router since it claimed to be able to run dd-wrt. Yet, it's impossible to find any info at the dd-wrt website. Telnet was however enabled by default & moving files onto the router using a µsdhc card is easy. I did plan to setup a cross-compiler & make use of the thing, but not after I realized how severe the overheating problem really is. Now I don't feel it worth putting in the work required for it.
Unless you have very easily satisfied demands (such as liking to look at flashing leds), this is likely $68 down the drain. If you're lucky, the thing might work for quickly checking your mail.
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