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Linksys router turned robot

Linksys router turned robot

Jon Bennett's creation has a top speed of 10MPH, and can be driven remotely via the Internet or a wireless laptop.

It's a known fact that the Linksys WRT-54GL router is well-regarded amongst hackers, due to the flexibility of the Linux operating system allowing customisation to suit any need – but just how far can you take it?

Hacker Jon Bennett has probably gone slightly further than most, having used the popular device as the brains for wireless rover robot. As reported by Hack a Day, Jon's creation is built out of a cheap radio controlled car, the aforementioned Linksys router, a microcontroller, a webcam, and a remote-operated horn. Which is, to be frank, awesome.

The WiFi device has a range of around 500 metres, and features souped-up electronics after the originals melted under the load required by the extras – which need two 7.2V 3800mAh battery packs to run.

As you would expect from a device with a wireless router at its heart, the robot is designed to be operated either from a WiFi terminal nearby or remotely over the Internet. With the addition of a networked webcam, it's entirely possible to control the car from a continent away – and did I mention the remote-operated horn? Sweet.

Despite the extra weight added by all the electronics, the robot is still pretty nippy – Jon's measured it at just shy of ten miles per hour, or around 16 kilometres per hour.

If you want to see more of this pretty sweet hack, Jon's website contains more than enough information to whet your appetite – and even circuit diagrams should you wish to have a go yourself. There's even the inevitable YouTube video of the robot in action.

Fancy building your own Linksys-based robot, or are you just – like me – going to keep pestering Jon until he lets you have a go? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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proxess 29th August 2008, 09:59 Quote
now all they have to do is put in it DD-WRT
ComputerKing 29th August 2008, 10:23 Quote
Freakin Cool I didn't image that some one will make that. Wow. Amazing

Thanks for the information Bindi
Gareth Halfacree 29th August 2008, 10:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by ComputerKing
Thanks for the information Bindi
A-hem.
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Author: Gareth Halfacree
:p
TomH 29th August 2008, 10:42 Quote
That's.. Awesome. :D
wuyanxu 29th August 2008, 10:58 Quote
sweet! where can i buy one?
ToMMo 29th August 2008, 11:00 Quote
that's outrageously awesome, they should make them as production toys.... think the army will be giving him a phone call soon?
ComputerKing 29th August 2008, 11:02 Quote
lol Gareth Halfacree :D:D:D:D

I thought that bindi post it on the forums and the front page :D lol Sorry buddy ;) I got pawned :D

not thanks bindi and thanks Gareth Halfacree :p
liratheal 29th August 2008, 11:31 Quote
I have a spare RC vehicle, pretty sure work has a 'spare' one of those routers..

I only get about eight minutes drive time, though, the motor is a beast >.>
Tomm 29th August 2008, 12:27 Quote
Who changes the battery when you're controlling it from another continent?
wuyanxu 29th August 2008, 13:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tomm
Who changes the battery when you're controlling it from another continent?
another WiFi robot :)
Nexxo 29th August 2008, 16:55 Quote
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...and a remote-operated horn. Which is, to be frank, awesome.
I like the way you think. :D
jbproj 1st September 2008, 10:05 Quote
My name is Jon and I created the Wifi Robot.

I found this forum by checking who's linked to my project.

I'm so glad you guys thought it was cool!

I really appreciate the original write up here, rather than a copy-paste from another site.

If there are any comments or suggestions for improvement I would love to hear them. Either post here, post a comment on my site, or send me an e-mail. jon <at> jbprojects <dot> net.

Thanks!
ParaHelix.org 3rd September 2008, 10:49 Quote
Does anyone know if the router is running the third party DD-WRT firmware or the stock Linksys firmware. (Google DD-WRT, it's great, a full featured open source firmare compatable with a lot of routers, especially Linksys.)
studentgaza 4th September 2008, 23:59 Quote
i like it lol
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