WiTi Router Board update

I have the Witi Router working now with SQM-QoS – the bufferbloat-fighting technology that has been implemented in OpenWrt. Read more about Bufferbloat at Bufferbloat and the Ski Shop.

Demetris has made a build of OpenWrt Chaos Calmer (15.05) that has SQM-QoS built-in, so it’s a simple download and flash of the firmware. You can get a copy of the firmware at the mqmaker forum.

I haven’t tried it myself, but it looks as if stas2z’s BB version of the firmware also has the SQM-QoS as well at Alternate openwrt at mqmaker.

mqmaker.com WiTi Router – a new toy

I recently got my WiTi board from mqmaker.com – a high performance open-source router platform. It was funded from a IndieGoGo project and was based on OpenWrt, and thus is easy to customize.

The project doesn’t have a lot of documentation yet, so I just updated its description in the OpenWrt wiki to describe the initial out-of-box setup (pretty smooth – no surprises). Read it at: https://wiki.openwrt.org/toh/mqmaker/witi

Cmder for Windows – Alternative to PuTTY

For some unfathomable (to me) reason, Windows doesn’t seem to ship with a SSH program out of the box. I’ve used the venerable Putty in the past, but it makes you do a lot of work for a simple SSH session.

I recently ran across an open-source replacement called Cmder for Windows. Based on ConEmu, it bills itself as a “portable console emulator for Windows”. I find it a great replacement for PuTTY, Console, and Powershell. Cmder has a huge number of benefits:

  1. Cmder allows you to create a ssh session simply by typing ssh user@host — I’m immediately in love
  2. Cmder is easy on the eyes, with attractive fonts, default Monokai color scheme, and resizable windows
  3. If you get the “full” version, you get bash emulation with a Unix-y environment, including ls, grep, and even git
  4. Cmder will run off a USB stick
  5. … and it’s free (MIT License)

screen shot of Cmder window

Check it out at http://cmder.net