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I know I can research but the list if way too long. I’ve done it before with an older TP-Link MR3020 but seems the v3 can no longer do it. You see, I’m trying to make my own self-contained, standalone server. I don’t want to get into a mess with hardware license/fees. I want to protect my users and my code from easy theft (but it will be open sourced) so I don’t want the OS on a MicroSD card or the like.

What can my system do? It is a lot like the hot-spot you get a Starbucks except that it’s not connected to the Internet. Once you connect, it will do one of two very specific things: 1) It will offer you a converted text file of information or 2) It will offer you a full website from the index.htm on the USB flash drive if connected. I’ve taken care of security of OpenWRT by obfuscating the admin web function so it is safe. That is it.

I know, I know, this sounds hokey but back when I was hiking I would visit a mountain top, it may have a shrine and I’d have no cell signal yet I wanted more info than the plaque present. It too could be useful for disaster to get info at the source.

So all I need is a SOC board with WiFi and a single USB port that can use OpenWRT. Thx.

I’ve already worked out all the details of security, getting data into it [via a USB flash drive upon boot]. I’ve tested it to the max and love it. My only problem is I’m using proprietary hardware. Free me and thank you.

I’ve got it where it will read from both PC and macOS file system natively. I’ve to the startup to where it takes a simple text file and reads it into the OS and becomes the html landing page. I’ve adjusted the DNS so it always loops back to itself no matter what web page you asked for. It can use UTF-8/16. If it “sees” an index.htm file on the root of the USB flash drive, it then uses that is the starting point. In this way you could publish an entire website using my device. All this is a remote location away from the connected world.


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    I’ve had great luck with PC Engines’ APU2 platform: http://pcengines.ch/apu2.htm it may not tick all the boxes you need, but perhaps worth looking in to.

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      I’d recommend looking at LEDE instead of OpenWrt, it seems that’s where all development is going on.

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        Aren’t they soon merging back together?

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          That’s what I heard too.

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        How about something like the ODroid XU4 with a USB WiFi dongle? It’s capable of running a full Linux (I have Armbian on mine) so whatever you want it do should be possible.

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          https://gl-inet.com/ products will help you

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            Do you have a power supply?

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              I have inventory of such a device: https://kindera.com/kindera-techspec

              • 128mb flash
              • 256mb ram
              • dual core 800mhz MIPS
              • 802.11ac
              • USB
              • 5 port gigE switch

              I can provide the original OpenWRT SDK for the board, but my Kindera firmware is a custom CLFS stack I built myself.

              Ping me at mike@bluepoint.tech